The long-rumored John Wall for Russell Westbrook trade does not appear to be happening with the Los Angeles Lakers not having a great deal of interest in adding the five-time All-Star. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the rumored Lakers-Rockets trade is “unlikely…[to] ever cross the finish line.” Wall did not play during the 2021-22 season as the Rockets unsuccessfully explored trade options for the guard.
“That impasse prompted the Rockets to inquire about a trade deadline swap for Russell Westbrook, with the belief that Westbrook would be more amenable to negotiating a buyout,” Fischer explained on April 21, 2022. “But those February conversations between Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers never gained serious traction, sources told B/R. The Rockets sought a future Lakers first-rounder, which was a non-starter for L.A.’s front office. It still seems unlikely that such a deal framework will ever cross the finish line.
“From conversations with league figures familiar with those talks, neither front office appears to truly value the opposing player. And if the 31-year-old Wall picks up his $47.4 million player option for 2022-23 as expected, it could be even more challenging for Houston to shed him than for the Lakers to move Westbrook’s expiring contract.”