Nov. 11, 2020Updated: Nov. 11, 2020 10:26 p.m.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
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The NBA season is just five weeks away, but Russell Westbrook wants out of Houston, according to a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Kelly Iko and Sam Amick.
The Houston Chronicle’s Brian T. Smith reported Westbrook is ready to move on from James Harden, and the Rockets are willing to explore the trade market.
It’s been a tumultuous offseason for the Rockets as coach Mike D’Antoni decided to walk away after a second-round playoff loss to the Lakers and then general manager Daryl Morey did the same.
It’s up to Stephen Silas and Raphael Stone – the replacements for D’Antoni and Morey, respectively – to find a way to either make Westbrook happy and fit in with Harden or find a team willing to take on the three years, $131.5 million left on Westbrook’s contract and give the Rockets a piece to help keep the Rockets a contender.
There have been multiple reports that both Harden and Westbrook are wary about the team’s future without D’Antoni and Morey in place. Both players have max contracts with three years remaining.
Both players were on board with the hiring of Silas, so there is some hope he could get the duo on the same page.
Matt Young has been a sports web editor/writer at Chron since 2015. He’s proudly from Alief and occasionally sits alone in his four-cornered room staring at candles. Reach him at email@example.com.