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?
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.