The Rockets finally ended up trading superstar point guard Russell Westbrook to an Eastern Conference team, but he won’t be playing his home games in New York.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston has traded nine-time All-Star and two-time scoring champ to the Washington Wizards in exchange for fellow All-Star John Wall and a first-round pick.
SNY Insider Ian Begley previously reported that some people in touch with the Knicks recently got the sense that they were less inclined to take on a significant salary like Westbrook’s, which would impact their future cap space.
The Knicks have signed Austin Rivers and brought back Elfrid Payton since free agency began, signaling that the team will have an open competition for the starting point guard spot, with Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina also in the mix.
Wall hasn’t played since December 2018, but his massive contract (originally a four-year, $171 million deal signed in the summer of 2017) made it possible for Houston to find a match for Westbrook’s hefty salary.
Westbrook has averaged 23.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 8.3 assists during his stellar 12-year NBA career.