Rockets trade Russell Westbrook to Wizards for John Wall in blockbuster deal

It became apparent John Wall’s time with the Washington Wizards had run its course.

It also became apparent that the Houston Rockets are a team in flux, and Russell Westbrook was unsure of his future there.

The deal that has been discussed and made sense dollar-wise is the deal the Wizards and Rockets made on Wednesday.

The Wizards have reached a deal to acquire Westbrook, the All-Star guard who will reunite with his former coach Scott Brooks in Washington, two people with direct knowledge of the trade told USA TODAY Sports under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly until the deal is officially announced. The Rockets will get Wall and a protected 2023 first-round pick.

Wall hasn’t played since Dec. 26, 2018, sidelined by injuries, including a ruptured Achilles tendon. The writing was on the wall recently when he told reporters at a charity event, "We can’t control certain things that happen in life, but one thing I can control is my heart will always be in this city."

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard also recently said the Wizards were Bradley Beal’s team, and while he didn’t intend to dismiss Wall, the words stung. Beal and Wall were supposed to grow together and lead the Wizards to deep playoff runs. That never happened, and while the backcourt stars said the right things and tried to do the rights things, they weren’t a perfect match on the court.

Wall, 30, is entering the second year of a four-year, $171 million deal that will pay him $47.3 million in the final season of 2022-23.

Westbrook, 32, is entering the third year of a five-year, $206 million contract that will pay him $47 million in 2022-23.

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