Houston Rockets superstar guard James Harden reportedly "had a preference" to play with five-time NBA All Star John Wall over 2017 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. This week, the Rockets and the Washington Wizards agreed on a blockbuster trade as Houston received 2014 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Wall, while nine-time NBA All Star Westbrook was sent to Washington.
Earlier this offseason, it was reported that Westbrook wanted out of Houston after only season as reportedly he couldn't play his game while on the floor with Harden. Meanwhile, the reports out of Washington suggested that Wall also wanted to change teams.
Eventually, both players got their wish fulfilled as they will be playing in different uniforms this upcoming season.
Harden and Wall form a dynamic duo
Both Houston and Washington will now have one of the best backcourt duos in the NBA as Harden and Wall will play alongside each other in Houston, while Westbrook and Bradley Beal will team up in Washington.
After the announcement, Wall posted a statement on his Twitter, showing his love for the city of Washington and their fans. "Where do I even begin?" Wall wrote in his tweet. "Ten years is a long time to think back on.
I came to DC as a skinny 19 year old with big dreams and goals. You embraced me and my family with open arms. You rocked with me from day 1 until now. "From a young rookie to an All Star, I did my best to make you proud. Through good times like that Game 6 versus Boston, through injuries & rehab, I always felt the love from you.
I appreciate you and will ALWAYS have love for DC. "I may not wear the jersey anymore but I will never forget what it meant to represent for y'all," Wall wrote. "This isn't the way I thought I would say goodbye to this city, so I won't.
... I will say THANK YOU!" The Washington Post reported two weeks ago that Wall requested a trade out of Washington. Last week, Wall was directly asked about the reported trade request but he didn't say much. "No comment," Wall said, when asked if he requested a trade from the Wizards, as quoted on The Washington Post.
“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."