The Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have agreed on the biggest trade of the offseason as 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook will be a Wizard next season, while former No. 1 overall pick John Wall be wearing a Rocket uniform in 2020/2021.
Earlier this offseason, it was reported that nine-time NBA All Star guard Westbrook wanted out of Houston as reportedly he couldn't play his game in the unique style of play the Rockets play. Also, it was reported that Wall -- who was taken at No.
1 in the NBA draft by the Wizards -- wanted out of D.C. Eventually, the Rockets and Wizards agreed on a blockbuster deal as Washington sent Wall and a lottery-protected 2023 first-round NBA draft pick to Houston for Westbrook.
Both teams will now have strong backcourts next season as Westbrook joins Bradley Beal in Washington, while Wall is set to play alongside James Harden.
The Wizards denied Wall requested a trade
Last week, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard publicly denied that Wall requested a trade from Washington.
"No, he didn't request [a trade]," Sheppard said when asked about a report that Wall had done so. ". John and I talk pretty much once every other day. And [I've] been to many of his workouts throughout the summer, we have always been on the same page, same wavelength.
Same with Bradley [Beal]. "There's no issues with John and I. There's no issues with John and the Wizards. There's no issue with anybody. "I've seen enough of him the last two years and certainly this summer to know that he's gotten his explosiveness back.
". He's very comfortable from 3 now and that is something that I think will be a huge weapon for us moving forward." Wall wasn't interested in revealing too many details when asked about the reported trade request.
"No comment," Wall said, when asked if he requested a trade from the Wizards. “All I can say is this, man: I worked my tail off all summer to prepare myself for the season and that’s all I’ve focused on."
When asked about his relationship with Sheppard last week, Wall said: "It’s been cool; just talking. Talk and try to figure things out. That’s the best we can do. We all understand it’s a business."
Wall, who ruptured his Achilles in December 2018, is ready to return to the court after spending the last two seasons recovering from the injury.