The Houston Rockets have to deal with whether or not they will trade Russell Westbrook to another NBA team.
The Rockets could trade Westbrook for ‘young talent or first-round picks’, says Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
“The Rockets are demanding an especially steep return for Harden, a perennial MVP candidate who has led the NBA in scoring the past three seasons: a proven, young star as a centerpiece along with a massive picks package, according to sources.
Houston does not feel obligated to deliver Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, his preferred destination, sources said. The Rockets also understand that Westbrook, for whom Houston gave up Chris Paul, two first-round picks and two pick swaps last summer at Harden’s urging, would not command the same type of trade return as Harden.
However, Houston is unwilling to deal Westbrook without receiving assets such as young talent or first-round picks,” MacMahon reports.
Westbrook has three years and $132M left on his contract with Houston.