"My understanding from a reliable source [is] that James Harden hasn't been talking with the organization for the last two weeks, hasn't been taking anybody's phone calls".
Westbrook was traded to the Rockets before the start of the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season, reuniting the former Thunder teammates in Houston under head coach Mike D'Antoni.
But after bowing out in the conference semi-finals to the LA Lakers this year, it looks as if Houston's gamble to bring Westbrook across will end in failure.
NBA Twitter was thrown into a tizzy yesterday as it was revealed that Russell Westbrook wants out of Houston.
The report comes after we learned Westbrook wants out after spending just one season with the Rockets. Westbrook, who has three years and $132 million remaining on his deal, has expressed the sentiment to Houston officials, sources told Charania. Westbrook did average 27.2 points, 7.0 assists and 7.9 rebounds during the 2019-20 season, but clearly the 32-year-old was dissatisfied with his role.
While D'Antoni's offense is certainly dependent on guard play, Houston has gotten that in years past, but Harden has been unable to make it work. Not to mention, with a new General Manager and head coach, it's clear the Rockets are going to be a much different team, moving forward.
It was hoped Westbrook and fellow MVP James Harden, would form one of the better backcourt duos in the league with both stars sharing the ball-handling and playmaking duties. Also departing is D'Antoni, who was replaced by longtime National Basketball Association assistant Stephen Silas.