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According to Shams Charania of Sports and Stadium, after spending a season in Houston, Russell Westbrook hopes to move on this offseason.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier on Wednesday that Westbrook and James Harden were in the same position as the new head coach Stephen Silas (Stephen Silas). Under the leadership of the promoted general manager Rafael Stone (Rafael Stone) shared their “concern about the direction of franchising.”
At the same time, according to reports, Harden remains committed to Houston:
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The source told @KellyIkoNBA and me that James Harden of Houston is still committed to the Rockets and “locked in” this season.
“Westbrook has informed the team officials that he is disturbed by the team’s sense of responsibility and culture, and is eager to return to his previous position as field director in Oklahoma City,” The Athletic said.
The 31-year-old has three years left on his contract, with a total of $132.6 million.The Rockets bought him from Oklahoma City transaction They sent Chris Paul, two first-round picks and other draft matters to the Thunder.
Westbrook ranks second in the Rockets with an average of 27.2 points per game, up from his average of 22.9 points with OKC in the 2018-19 season. He also led the team with 7.9 rebounds per game. This is down from the career-high 11.1 he posted in Oklahoma City last year.
Before the offseason began, rumors about Westbrook’s trade flowed in. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports that both the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks are interested in him (h/t Dan Feldman of the professional basketball seminar:
“I do have multiple sources. I believe I believe that the team believes that they can have Russell Westbrook and Westbrook. And I heard that the Clippers are very interested in it. I heard that Nick The team is interested in Westbrook. Know it there, who knows? Who knows? But the truth is that people believe that people like Westbrook may become available.”
According to the “Sports” report, so far, the Rockets have “protected” Westbrook and Harden in trade negotiations.
Rockets owner Tilman Ferita Said last month Although general manager Daryl Morey and head coach Mike D’Antoni transferred to the team during the offseason, they still plan to participate in the race, but without Westbrook, this may be difficult to do. However, according to the “Sports” report, Houston “fully intends to continue to build championship contenders around James Harden.”