ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Houston Rockets have agreed to send Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards in exchange for John Wall and a first-round pick. Shams Charania details the protections tied to the first-rounder.
Sources: Protection on the first-round pick that the Wizards traded to Houston in Russell Westbrook/John Wall trade: 2023, Lottery; 2024, Top 12; 2025, Top 10; 2026, Top 8; then becomes two second-rounders.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 3, 2020
According to Wojnarowski, Rockets general manager Rafael Stone and Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard were able to finalize a deal "within a few hours" after breaking off talks weeks ago.
Stone may have been more inclined to re-engage with Sheppard after Westbrook reportedly failed to report for the start of training camp.
I was told Russell Westbrook never reported to Houston for the start of training camp
— Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) December 3, 2020
Woj also reported Thursday that Harden preferred to play alongside Wall over Westbrook.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) December 3, 2020
Despite having 14 NBA All-Star selections between them, Wall and Westbrook carry a ton of injury baggage. Westbrook has dealt with a handful of knee injuries throughout his career, while Wall hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2018 after undergoing heel surgery, followed by a procedure to address a ruptured Achilles.
Wall will become James Harden’s third backcourt teammate in as many seasons. While Chris Paul offered more efficient perimeter shooting, Westbrook and Wall have a very similar skill set, which makes this trade difficult to access.
Westbrook showing up in DC to replace Wall like pic.twitter.com/ZL9KNG7jAe
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 3, 2020
The Rockets and Wizards immediately after that Russell Westbrook/John Wall trade 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Zr0nCc7svW
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) December 3, 2020
— AAO_TREY (@AaoTrey) December 3, 2020
Wizards fans are expressing their appreciation for what Wall meant to DC, on and off the court.
John Wall was beloved in DC, and was especially meaningful to Black folks and those who lived in underserved parts of the city. Here’s what he had to say last week at this community event in Southeast: pic.twitter.com/yJvg1EwGn7
— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) December 3, 2020
John Wall did everything for this city, on and off the court. He was DC. I wish nothing but the best for him. Truly one of the realest.
— AK (@AKalldayyy) December 3, 2020
All jokes aside, John Wall will always mean so much to DC. Hope it works out for him. Ugh I don’t even want to root for the Rockets...
— Keely Diven (@keelydiven) December 3, 2020
John Wall really held the city down. Sure, on the court he was amazing but off the court... wow. Look at the community service he has done. I love DC, but I hate the way we do our legends.
— Cassius. ⚜️ (@Kingingpapi) December 3, 2020
I can’t think of anyone that has done as much for the DC area than what John Wall has done. DC will forever be his city. https://t.co/tJGklofPvl
— Josh (@JoshHolmez) December 3, 2020
Thank you @JohnWall for everything you have done for the DC community. You will be remembered for more than just basketball in this city for a very long time and we wish the very best for you in Houston pic.twitter.com/UDOKs7MYf2
— Joey (@jnorris298) December 3, 2020
Thank you @JohnWall for everything you gave to the city man. You forever a DC Legend. Go get them chips now. 💪🏾🔥
— Will Copeland🤦🏾♂️ (@WillyCope_) December 3, 2020
John Wall will always mean more to the city of DC than he did the Wizards. He did A LOT of great things that you’ll probably never hear about, but he was very active in the community.
— Danielsahn. (@VisionarySZN) December 3, 2020