3 reasons the Houston Rockets shouldn’t trade for Russell Westbrook

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MARCH 20: Golden State Warriors Forward Draymond Green (23) and Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook (0) in game on March 20, 2017, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets are reportedly interested in trading for the 2016-17 league MVP in a move which would reunite him and James Harden. Why should they not pursue this deal?

The Houston Rockets are interested in adding another available star after striking out on Jimmy Butler. This time, they are looking to potentially deal for the star of the Thunder, Russell Westbrook.

Owner Tilman Fertitta and General Manager Daryl Morey have both been adamant the Houston Rockets will do whatever it takes to make the team better, so the interest comes as no surprise. Russell Westbrook is contracted for two more years at $38.15 million and then $40.6 million, which would make Chris Paul the perfect trade partner salary-wise.

The Oklahoma City Thunder don’t know life without Westbrook, but his departure from the franchise he has helped build – the only NBA team he has ever played for – seems imminent.

Would this be the right move to push Houston over the championship hurdle? Here are three reasons why The Rockets shouldn’t pursue Westbrook.

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