Report: Russell Westbrook drawing trade interest from Clippers and Knicks

Peter Dewey
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Houston Rockets star guard Russell Westbrook is reportedly drawing trade interest from the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor explained on The Mismatch podcast that Westbrook could be traded from Houston.

“I did have multiple sources that I trust tell me that teams believe Russell Westbrook could be had,” O’Connor said. “That Westbrook could be had, and I’ve heard the Clippers have interest. I’ve heard the Knicks have interest in Westbrook, and whether anything materializes there, who knows.”

The Rockets acquired Westbrook last offseason from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston traded guard Chris Paul for Westbrook, but it still could not get past the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Westbrook was good in his first season in Houston, but he struggled with his jump shot. He shot the second-lowest percentage of his career beyond the arc at 25.8 percent during the 2019-20 campaign.

Houston could be looking to change its roster after parting ways with longtime general manager Daryl Morey.

The Knicks and Clippers both could use help in the backcourt, with New York having enough cap space to absorb Westbrook’s massive contract.

For his career, Westbrook averages 23.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.