“Get it Done”: Eastern Conference GM Wants Houston Rockets to Trade Russell Westbrook

Published 09/14/2020, 12:15 PM EDT
Sep 4, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in game one of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters


It has been a downward spiral for the Houston Rockets this past week. Firstly, they failed to advance to the Western Conference Finals courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the third time that they have been eliminated from the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

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Secondly, they have entered the offseason with a lot of speculations about who will remain in the team and who won’t. If things couldn’t get any worse, their coach Mike D’Antoni has already declared his exit. Now, the future of some of its key players hangs in the balance, Russell Westbrook in particular.

Are the Houston Rockets ready to bid adieu to Russell Westbrook?

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It will be a very confusing and uncertain offseason for the Rockets. After losing to the Lakers, their four-year coach Mike D’Antoni has confirmed his departure already.

As sad as this news is, this will not be the end of it. The management and new Head Coach will make some changes in the roster as well. The two names that pop up the most are James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

According to Michael Scotto from Hoops Hype, the Eastern Conference General Managed stated, “I wouldn’t move Harden. He’s still so good, and they’re too old right now to just start a rebuild unless you’re getting a Jayson Tatum or Luka Doncic to rebuild around.

“I’d probably run it back in some shape or form, especially with next year being a compressed time period. I would keep all options open, but I wouldn’t be selling Harden just to the highest bidder.

“In the last two years, they easily could have won it all, so I don’t think it’s fair to panic yet if they lose.  Now, if there’s a great deal out there, that’s a different story, but I still think it’s worth riding out one more year.”

However, talking about Russell he asserted, “If Westbrook is tradable, get it done.” Westbrook struggled with a quad injury in the Playoffs this season. Even after his return, his performance was not up to the mark, which is probably the reason behind this decision.

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Sep 8, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (left) celebrates with guard James Harden (13) after dunking against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of game three in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy Reuters

What about the remaining players?

Players like Robert Covington, Eric Gordon, and Danuel House are in the best form of their careers. Talking about P. J. Tucker, he is a critical part of their small-ball play. Therefore, the rest of these players can expect to get an extension with the Houston Rockets.

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What the future holds for the Rockets roster remains to be seen.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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