With speculation brewing regarding the Houston Rockets’ plans to trade Russell Westbrook, let’s take a look around the league at the potential trade destinations.
The Houston Rockets have been rumored to be potentially open to trading Russell Westbrook ever since the beginning of the season. Ryen Russillo of The Ringer first made mention of this, although the reports were shot down by Houston sources.
As it turns out, Russillo wasn’t the only person to speculate about the Rockets dealing Russell, as longtime NBA insider Ric Bucher stated the same thing during a recent episode of The Herd with Colin Cowherd on FS1:
“When you look at the Rockets right now, where they are financially and where they are with their talent, there are no up-and-coming young players. There’s no hope for the future. Financially, they’re going to have to get rid of a key piece. They may even have to move Russell Westbrook.”
If Ric Bucher is to be believed, then a Westbrook trade could be just a Daryl Morey phone call away. The Rockets need salary relief but would also like to add some useful pieces if they can. Who are the most and least likely trade partners for the Rockets?
The three crucial factors in facilitating a trade for Westbrook are timeline, fit, and, most importantly, money. It’s time to find out which of the 29 other NBA franchises could make a move for the Rockets’ dynamic co-pilot.