Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have agreed to trade two displeased star point guards who both wanted to move away from their current team, John Wall and Russell Westbrook, the teams announced Wednesday.
Washington Wizards are trading John Wall and a lottery-protected 2023 first-round NBA draft pick for Russell Westbrook in a deal with several lottery picks.
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The Wizards will send a lottery-protected 2023 first-round pick to the Rockets as part of the Wall-Westbrook trade, ESPN reported.
The deal also includes with the pick is not limited to 2023. If not completed, it goes to next year draft lottery protections picks that include picks Nos. 1-12 in 2024, picks 1-10 in 2025 and picks 1-8 in 2026.
If it hasn’t pass on as a first-round pick to Houston by 2026 in draft picks then it becomes a second-round pick in each of 2026 and 2027, sources told ESPN.
Houston has agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall and a first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
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For the Wizards and Rockets, it becomes a win-win situation for both franchise and there’s hope that the exchange of guards will play important roles for the player and the team.
Although James Harden and Bradly Beal has shown trust in the organization and wants to stay long term with their respective teams. It was also rumoured that James Harden has asked for a trade and wants to move to likes of Brooklyn Nets or Sixers.
However, Former teammate from OKC, Kevin Durant came forward saying I don’t make trades for anyone regarding a move to Brooklyn were ever made.
Kevin Durant says rumors about him talking to James Harden about playing with the Nets are "made up" and its up to the front-office to make moves.
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