“James Harden prefers John Wall over Russell Westbrook?”: Rockets superstar fancies former Wizards star as running mate

Samir Mehdi
|Published 03/12/2020

Adrian Wojnarowski says that James Harden personally preferred to play alongside John Wall than Russell Westbrook.

A trade long overdue for both the Houston Rockets and the Washington Wizards was one involving Russell Westbrook and John Wall, respectively.

Due to their massive contracts, and the fact that their trade value has severely decreased, the only viable trade for the 2 stars was to get traded for one another.

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News broke earlier today that the Washington Wizards sent John Wall and a 2023 FRP to the Rockets and received Russell Westbrook.  This was definitely a trade that was bound to happen but it is surprising to see that it took place before the season began.

The Rockets front office was reportedly ready to get “uncomfortable” with Harden and Westbrook. This was so that they could find a trade that brought in the best value for their backcourt stars.

James Harden reportedly wanted to play with John Wall, rather than Westbrook.

This trade was made because both franchises were essentially in no-man’s land. They were both aware that their rosters, as currently constructed, could not compete for a title. So for the sake of switching it up, the Wizards and the Rockets pulled the trigger.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski appeared on Get Up! and broke down the motives behind the trade. One interesting tidbit from Woj was that Harden wanted to play with John Wall.

Woj said, “James Harden had a preference of John Wall over Russell Westbrook.” This was Woj’s response when asked whether or not this trade affected Harden’s decision to stay in Houston.

Will James Harden stay in Houston now that they have acquired John Wall?

One of the most significant Woj bombs that was dropped this offseason was when Harden requested a trade away from the Rockets franchise.

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He made it clear that he wanted to play for a contender, and not a rebuilding team. The Rockets had a decent offseason, acquiring Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins; and now, John Wall.

Wall and Harden are probably a better fit in the backcourt than Harden and Westbrook. Wall’s willingness to pass and defer to a primary scorer makes him a more viable second star alongside James Harden.

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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