Just a couple of days into NBA training camp, a big-time trade has hit the NBA world.
And it’s going to shake up the Western Conference.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have agreed to a deal that sends Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall and a first-round pick.
Rumors were swirling last month that Westbrook wanted out of Houston and now he’s getting out of the West.
Westbrook was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2008 as the 4th overall selection – the West is all Westbrook has ever known.
The 32-year-old guard was traded to the Rockets before the start of the 2019-20 NBA season in a reunion with James Harden, from back in the Oklahoma City days (2009-2011).
But, with a 4-1 series loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals in the NBA restart, it was another abrupt end to a Houston season after finishing fourth in the Western Conference with a 44-28 record.
And the same goes for John Wall with the Eastern Conference.
Wall was drafted by the Washington Wizards No. 1 overall in 2010.
But with injuries a plenty, Wall hasn’t seen the floor since Dec. 26, 2018 after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.
With the 2020-21 NBA regular season schedule set to be released Friday, we will soon find out when the Portland Trail Blazers and Wizards, and ultimately when Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, will meet again.
That’s what we’re all wanting to see.
And now we will only see that twice a season.
Also, Rip City is now wondering if Westbrook just wanted out of the West so he didn’t have to deal with Lillard four times a year -- this is why social media is so great.
Let the Westbrook in the East era begin.