The Houston Rockets should look to execute a trade of Russell Westbrook to the New York Knicks, as the move would be a huge win for everyone involved.
Russell Westbrook will almost certainly be the scapegoat for Houston Rockets’ failures. It wasn’t his fault the Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, as the Lakers are really good, but his acquisition sent the Rockets down a rabbit hole of no return.
Chris Paul and a boatload of draft picks were shipped out for the walking triple-double, and Clint Capela was later dealt for more picks in exchange for Robert Covington, all so Westbrook could be the x-factor.
An ill-timed quad injury meant the Rockets never got to see how far the partnership of Westbrook and James Harden could take them. The feeling around the franchise is that the duo won’t be enough to claim a championship. Acquiring Westbrook and then trying to maximize him has left the cupboard bare.
Could the Houston Rockets, after a lone season, look to move the former MVP?
Far away to the northeast the New York Knicks are in the midst of another rebuild. However, a Knicks rebuild never reaches fruition. It always ends with the Knicks attempting to microwave a roster to contention and their recent hire of Tom Thibodeau only adds to the likelihood that picks and the pups will be cashed in to pry veteran talent to the big apple.
Could the Knicks, under the guidance of Tom Thibodeau make a splash for Russell Westbrook?
The Knicks, for the first time in ages, won’t be the main basketball attraction in New York. Thibodeau, at his last stop in Minnesota, pushed in his chips to acquire a veteran alpha in Jimmy Butler to try and push the Timberwolves to the next level.
The move both worked and didn’t, but that had more to do with the young core of the T-Wolves and less to do with Jimmy Butler and Thibodeau. If Rockets GM Daryl Morey is looking to offload Westbrook and restock the asset cupboard, he should call up James Dolan and Tom Thibodeau.
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