NBA exec believes Wizards should try to move Russell Westbrook after improved play

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The Washington Wizards are expected to be relatively active ahead of the NBA trade deadline. While many think they could try to acquire talent to play alongside Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, at least one executive has another strategy that he thinks the Wizards should take.

That executive, who requested to remain anonymous, believes that the Wizards should try to trade Westbrook following his improved level of play prior to the All-Star break.

“Russell Westbrook has looked like his old self recently. That version of Westbrook can be a franchise player. With his play improving, they should look to deal him to anyone will give them some value ahead of the deadline. He is nothing close to a long-term option for Washington.”

It certainly would make sense for the Wizards to try to move on. Of course, they won’t trade Westbrook just for the sake of making a deal. They will need to make sure that they are getting some kind of value in return for him.

Whether that value is current players or draft picks, the Wizards should consider their options.

So far this season in his first year with the Wizards, Russell Westbrook has averaged 20.3 points per game to go along with 9.8 assists and 9.7 rebounds. He has shot 42.8 percent from the floor overall and 29.4 percent from the three-point line.

Those numbers may not look amazing, but there are quite a few teams around the NBA that could use a star. Among them could be the New York Knicks, who are looking to add more talent around All-Star Julius Randle.

Granted, the Wizards trying to trade Westbrook may not even happen. They may want to see what Westbrook and Beal can accomplish the rest of the season. He certainly has more trade value now than he did at the start of the season, but a trade may not happen.

Expect to hear more rumors surrounding the Wizards as the deadline draws closer. Russell Westbrook hasn’t been mentioned much in trade rumors, but there could be some rumblings in the near future.