3 reasons the Houston Rockets shouldn’t trade for Russell Westbrook
Doesn’t meet a need
After consecutive heartbreaking playoff exits, it is clear the Rockets are good enough to contend with the group they have. Houston lacked a tall two-way wing player to round out their closing lineup, as the 6’6 P.J. Tucker and 6’5 James Harden were the tallest players in there.
The Lakers and Clippers are among the rival teams who have added height which the Houston Rockets will struggle to contend with as currently assembled. If Paul, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker or Clint Capela are going to be traded it can’t be for Westbrook as he doesn’t solve this problem.
Not only would Westbrook fail to solve this problem, but he would also potentially make matters worse. OKC won’t accept a straight swap for Paul, so analyzing Westbrook’s fit isn’t as simple as slotting him into Paul’s starting point guard slot. Who else would Houston have to lose from their already thin roster? How would they replace those players when they have already struggled to sign free agents as it is? Is it worth losing future draft picks when there’s a reasonable chance Westbrook will make the team worse?
Based on past performances of both Houston and Westbrook, this is a marriage that just won’t work unless something drastic is to change in Westbrook’s or Houston’s entire playstyle.