There are new reports today that the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks are among teams that are interested in acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Houston Rockets which is puzzling, to say the least.
“It is interesting the last 24 hours. I did have multiple sources that I trust tell me that teams believe Russell Westbrook could be had—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? Who knows? But the fact is that there is a belief that a guy like Westbrook could become available.”
Now before we shit on Westbrook, I reckon I’m supposed to mention that he is a former MVP. Ok, we got that out of the way. Cool.
Last season the Rockets traded for Westbrook in exchange for Chris Paul with the belief that they were improving their club. Houston and Oklahoma City had the same record when the playoffs started. CP3 was 2nd team All-NBA. Westbrook was 3rd team.
Again, on paper it makes sense to acquire a former MVP who was 3rd team All-NBA last season. But I don’t know how anyone watches what happened in the bubble and think to themselves that they need to trade for the 32-year old who gets knee surgeries every offseason and is due $41 million this upcoming season, $44 million the next one and $47 million after that. Insane. Russell Westbook is the SECOND HIGHEST PAID PLAYER IN THE NBA.
What are we doing?
Yes, the Rockets didn’t make it out of the 2nd round this season and were embarrassed by the Lakers. Yes, they fired their GM and head coach. Yes, they will be looking to shake shit up because there’s no way this new regime is going to run back the same roster and keep Westbrook’s ridiculous contract on their books so one would think that a team could perhaps steal Westbrook at a discount as long as they could match the money it would require.
Westbrook averaged 27 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7 assists. His counting stats are as high as ever.
That being said, do you truly believe that the Clippers get better by sending their entire roster to Houston for a ball-dominant point guard who will frustrate the shit out of Kawhi when he bricks a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left on the shot clock as Kawhi claps his hands wide open on the perimeter.
Did anyone watch the Clippers blow a 3-1 lead to the Denver Nuggets and think to themselves ‘they need Westbrook’? They needed a head coach that put better rotations together instead of riding Montrezl Harrell who sucked and allowed Nikola Jokic to do whatever he wanted. The Clippers needed Paul George to stop being Playoff P.
And the Knicks want Westbrook too. Awesome. Now, there was a report that New York is welcoming of salary dumps from other teams meaning they would accept a terrible contract from a team as long as the player comes with some draft picks attached.
Dope. If that means the Rockets would be sending over Westbrook’s atrocious contract and some first round picks in exchange for Julius Randle, Bobby Portis and whatever other veteran makes the money match then cool.
If the Knicks need to give away RJ Barrett or Mitch Robinson in order to trade for the former MVP and guarantee their position as the 9th seed next season then I will burn Madison Square Garden to the ground. If the Knicks want an athletic point guard that just sprints around everywhere, can’t shoot and can’t flow within the structure of a team offense then they could just give Dennis Smith Jr more minutes.
Russell Westbrook shot 25% from the 3-point line last season. What is happening?
He averaged 17.9 points in the playoffs of 42% shooting from the field and 24% from 3. 53% from the free throw line. He was the worst player on the floor in that Lakers series. And teams are salivating at the thought of acquiring the man who is due $47milly in 2023.
There are zero (0) good GMs.