NBA Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Ready to Take Bold Steps to Acquire Russell Westbrook

Published 11/13/2020, 3:52 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 20: Russell Westbrook (0) of the Houston Rockets stands on the court against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


A new chapter has been added to the story of the Russell Westbrook saga. The New York Knicks are reportedly looking forward to absorbing the huge contract of Westbrook.

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Renowned New York insider Marc Stein revealed the news on his official Twitter account.

“The Knicks are on the short list of viable trade destinations for Houston’s Russell Westbrook, league sources say If the Knicks prove willing to absorb the $130+ million left on Westbrook’s contract to make him their centerpiece, there is a trade to be made. They have weighed it”

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The Knicks have been looking for a new franchise player for a long time now. Maybe acquiring Westbrook will solve their problems and give the city of New York a new hope. Westbrook has also been known to thrive in teams where he is the sole superstar.

Even with OKC, Westbrook blossomed into a superstar in the post-Kevin Durant era. The Knicks will hope for more of the same from the former MVP if they trade for him.

But he was never able to lead his team to a respectable playoff performance. The Knicks, who themselves have not seen the Playoffs for 7 straight seasons, are in desperation mode. But is Westbrook the answer to their prayers? We will find out in the coming weeks.

Can Russell Westbrook lead a team all by himself?

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Looking back at the 2019-20 season, Westbrook averaged a stunning 27.2 points per game in the regular season. Unfortunately, due to a quad injury, Westbrook was not the same player in the Playoffs,

As a result, he struggled to take a back seat to Harden in the Playoffs. Which begs the question: Is Westbrook still capable of leading a team by himself? Well, in a nutshell, he still has the talent to lead a team to a playoff berth.

SAITAMA, JAPAN – OCTOBER 08: Russell Westbrook #0 of Houston Rockets dribbles up court against the Toronto Raptors on October 8, 2019 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

However, leading a team all the way will be quite difficult for any player in today’s league. Almost every team in the league has formed dynamic duos to boost their chances of clinching an NBA title.

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So if the Knicks are indeed ready to absorb Westbrook’s contract, they should pair him with a secondary star. A player who is ready to play second fiddle to Russ.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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