Last week, the Houston Rockets made a bold play to stay competitive in a stacked Western Conference.
Houston traded for Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In return, the Thunder received point guard Chris Paul, two first-round picks and two future pick swaps for shipping Westbrook to Houston.
Although the trade was reported last week, it wasn’t official until Tuesday night when the Rockets took to Twitter to debut Westbrook in his new jersey.
Check it out.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) July 17, 2019
The Rockets issued a press release announcing the move:
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey today announced that the team has acquired guard Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Chris Paul, two protected first round picks, and other draft considerations.
Westbrook (6-3, 200) was originally the fourth overall pick by Oklahoma City in the 2008 NBA Draft. In 821 career games with 804 starts, he has averaged 23.0 points, 8.4 assists, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.76 steals.
The former NBA MVP left Oklahoma City as the organization’s leading scorer. He also ranks top-five in rebounds, assists and steals.
Now he’s officially a member of the Houston Rockets.
He and James Harden will hope to keep pace in a crowded Western Conference that added Kawhi Leonard this offseason.