Rockets: 3 trades that would send Russell Westbrook to the Knicks

Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

With rumors swirling regarding the New York Knicks’ interest in a potential trade involving Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook, here are three potential trades that could get the deal done.

It is believed that the New York Knicks are potentially interested in acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Houston Rockets, according to a report from Ian Begley of SNY. There is no evidence to support that the Rockets share this interest, but what should they ask of the Knicks if they decide to consider it?

Though he had a disappointing post-season performance, Westbrook did have one of the best regular seasons of his career with a career-high field goal percentage and the third-highest amount of points averaged as well. Clearly, the Knicks have taken notice of that.

His value around the league has been in question, as his playoff performance and contract are massive detractors in his overall value as a player. But for a franchise that has not even seen a postseason appearance in quite some time, the Knicks are clearly willing to pay a steep price to get back in the realm of relevance: that is, in terms of money at least.

What assets the Knicks would actually be willing to trade is another matter entirely and is an unknown at this particular juncture. That being said, even if trading Westbrook is the right move, the Rockets need to be picky about the details of any potential trade involving the Brodie.

The Rockets should not simply trade Russ for the sake of trading him. It’s true that they do not have a lot of flexibility and their trade avenues are limited in comparison to other teams. But they still need to do what they can to make sure they come out on the winning side of any trade involving Westbrook.

With all of that being said, there are a few ways they could make a Knicks trade reasonable, starting with some young talent.

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