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Report: John Wall-Russell Westbrook swap has a ’50-50 chance’ of happening

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The Houston Rockets are reportedly open to moving superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook in an effort to start rebuilding.

Now, Rockets insider Kelly Iko of The Atheltic is saying there’s a good chance a potential Westbrook for John Wall swap could happen.

“Honestly, I’d give it a 50-50 chance,” Iko said. “With the state of uncertainty surrounding the Rockets’ two best players, you really can’t rule anything out. Wall for Westbrook would be a pretty clean swap cap-wise, and James Harden and Wall have a good relationship. But basketball-wise, does it make that much more sense than a Westbrook-Harden pairing? Wall might be a smoother, more natural playmaker than the aggressive Westbrook, but he isn’t that much more of a threat from the perimeter. I think the deal becomes much more likely if the Rockets receive the sort of draft compensation they’re looking for, recouping some of what they lost in the Chris Paul trade.”

Wall, 30, was reportedly irate to figure out the Washington Wizards were considering shipping him to Houston for Westbrook.

After all, he’s been in Washington for his entire career. The Wizards selected the point guard with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Over the course of his career, Wall has averages of 19.0 points, 9.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.

As for Westbrook, the former MVP is reportedly interested in being the main star on a team again. The bulldog averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game last season.

The Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games in the second round of the 2020 postseason.


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