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NBA Trade Deadline: Lakers, Rockets made a huge mistake in not making the John Wall for Russell Westbrook deal

Written by Doug Rush

NBA Trade Deadline: Lakers, Rockets made a huge mistake in not making the John Wall for Russell Westbrook deal

The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to pull off a deal yesterday at the trade deadline.

But, both teams decided not to, and it was a mistake.

The Los Angeles Lakers had a chance to trade Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for John Wall. But there was a catch.

Because the Lakers didn’t want to give up a 2027 first round pick to Houston, the trade got turned down, and thus, both sides kept each player.

The Lakers wanted to keep their pick, which is important for the future, but it was a 2027 pick; five years from now. They are currently struggling with Westbrook on the team and he doesn’t fit anymore. And the Lakers had a chance to move him, and didn’t.

That’s where the Lakers made their mistake.

Houston’s mistake is getting too greedy, especially since they already have a ton of draft picks from the James Harden trade with the Brooklyn Nets. They didn’t need an extra one for a player who hasn’t set foot on the court this year in Wall.

They could have at least gotten a player in Westbrook who has been on the court and was willing to play in Westbrook, unlike Wall, who was willing to sit out like he has this season.

Skip Bayless is a troll, but in this instance, he’s right. The Lakers made their bed with Westbrook and now they have to sleep in it.

That was their one chance to dump him off to a team that was willing to take on his contract, and they failed to pull the trigger for a draft pick five years down the road.

Both the Lakers and Rockets failed here.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.