In an a wild turn of events, the Houston Rockets traded for guard Russell Westbrook on Thursday night, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, pick swaps in 2021 and 2025, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 12, 2019
Houston sent off Chris Paul, two first-round draft picks, and two pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder in return for the 2017 MVP. Paul, in his second year with the Rockets, first of his four-year $150-million contract, played only 58 games with Houston in the 2018-2019 season after battling injuries.
The new was later confirmed by the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
Rockets have traded for Russell Westbrook, source confirmed. @wojespn first.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 12, 2019
Rockets will send Chris Paul, two first round picks and options to swap two firsts.
Westbrook is in only the second year of his five-year, $206-million contract. The 30-year-old guard out of UCLA has led the league in assists each of the past two years, including averaging an unprecedented triple-double the last three years. He is set to make $38.5 million this season.