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.