Westbrook thanks Houston, looks forward to ‘next chapter’ in DC


For the first time since the news broke that he was being traded to Washington, Russell Westbrook has broken his silence.

“I want to thank the fans and the city of Houston for embracing me and my family,” Westbrook said in a statement on his social media accounts. “I want to thank everyone at the Rockets organization for believing in my ability to make an impact and making my time in Houston a great experience. I’m looking forward to my next chapter with the Washington Wizards next season and getting back on the court.”

The Wizards traded franchise point guard John Wall and a protected 2023 first-round pick to the Houston Rockets in order to acquire Westbrook, making the move official Wednesday night. Westbrook didn’t acknowledge the move until Thursday evening, though he did take the time to like Wall’s letter to Wizards fans on Instagram.

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Westbrook, 32, joins a Wizards team looking to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2017-18 season. The former MVP and nine-time All-NBA point guard will team up with homegrown star Bradley Beal and the recently re-signed Davis Bertans for what promises at the very least to be an interesting 2020-21 season in the nation’s capital.