Last night, Adrian Wojnarowski chose chaos.
It's an actual fear of the NBA offseason. Just when you think everything is calm and you finally have a chance to relax...Woj creeps out of nowhere and hits your emotions with a Randy Orton RKO. Last night, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards threw a grenade of chaos into the basketball world. This is why you must always take notice of each rumor, even if they seem completely insane because sooner or later one of those rumors is actually going to be true.
Houston has agreed to trade Russell Westbrook to Washington for John Wall and a first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 3, 2020
This might be the most 2020 trade ever. Also, what a fitting way to basically "wrap-up" the rapid NBA offseason. Important to remember that we are officially less than 20 days until the 2020-21 NBA season begins. This trade is a bit nuts for a number of reasons. At first, the obvious train of thought was... "oh wow Washington did a great job of getting that John Wall contract off of their hands." But then I dug a little deeper...and I'm not sure I wish that evil upon anyone.
Let's compare the two contracts for a second, thanks to the wonderful contract gods over at Spotrac. First is the John Wall contract which finds that Wall will begin to average just north of 40m per year starting this upcoming season.
Pretty insane stuff right? It's important to remember that John Wall hasn't played a game since December 2018 according to the worldwide web. That's a statistic that seems so ridiculous to be right but at the same time, you sit back and think...wow that might actually be correct. Anywho, it's been a minute since John Wall blessed our eyes with his talent on the floor. Like I stated previously, I was convinced that I would look at Russell Westbrook's contract and say to myself "great job Washington." But then Freddy Kruger entered the chat...
Wait...what? We've spent so much time discussing how terrible the John Wall contract is, yet Westbrook basically has the same financial situation moving forward except he's a year older? OKAY, FINE ILL ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. Yes, I understand that John Wall has been a revolving door of injuries over the last couple of years. Still, it definitely is an interesting situation to monitor. If this trade doesn't work out for the Wizards and they have to move on from Bradley Beal down the road (hypothetically)...does this mean they are buying into Russell Westbrook? Are teams around the NBA just going to continue to trade for Westbrook every year? Too many questions.
This seems like a classic trade in which both GM's are like "Hey we need some fresh air." John Wall has run his course in Washington and the Westbrook experiment didn't work out in Houston. There's reason to argue that both of these teams could benefit from this move. It's going to go down as one of the more strange yet understandable trades in recent history...but here's to hoping that Demarcus Cousins and John Wall hit the Dougie on opening night.
if Wall and Cousins hit the dougie opening night that team is going 30-52.— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) December 3, 2020