Russell Westbrook made waves around the NBA when it was reported that he had asked the Houston Rockets for a trade. Reports have come out this offseason that both Westbrook and James Harden are unhappy with the direction the franchise is heading and would like to moved.
While the trade request has been made, according to reports, there is a chance that Westbrook will not get his request. Teams around the league simply do not have much interest in acquiring him.
According to reports from the Houston Chronicle, ESPN, and The Ringer, the interest around the league in Westbrook simply isn’t there.
This is a bit of a surprise. Russell Westbrook may not be viewed as the top-notch superstar that he once was and his attitude could turn some teams away, but he is still one of the elite dynamic guards in the NBA.
Last season with the Rockets, Westbrook ended up averaging 27.2 points per game to go along with 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists. His shooting numbers were not great, however, at 47.2 percent from the floor and just 25.8 percent from the three-point line.
At 31 years old, Russell Westbrook is still a superstar. He isn’t a top-five player anymore, but he can still put up numbers and lead a team. Perhaps the interest in him will pick up on draft day or even after.
If the Rockets do end up keeping Westbrook and Harden, it will be interesting to see how things go. Both players seem disgruntled, which could spell disaster if they are forced to stick around.
Expect to continue hearing Westbrook’s name thrown around in trade rumors. Teams could come in late and pursue him, but for now the trade interest around the league is not very good for the Rockets when it comes to their star point guard.