Russell Westbrook 'wants out' of Houston: report


Rockets guard Russell Westbrook is reportedly hoping to move on after one season in Houston.

The veteran superstar, who turns 33 on Thursday, apparently "wants out" of Houston, according to NBA insider Shams Charania.

The report marks the latest bombshell in a tumultuous offseason for a Rockets organization that has already seen the departures of head coach Mike D'Antoni and long-time general manager Daryl Morey.

Westbrook was acquired in July 2019 in a blockbuster swap orchestrated by Morey that sent point guard Chris Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

However, the Rockets disappointed in their first and perhaps lone year pairing Westbrook with former OKC teammate James Harden, whose future is also rumored to be uncertain as Houston appears to be undertaking something of a change in direction.

The Rockets were bounced by the Lakers, the eventual champs, in the conference semifinals in the NBA bubble after a midseason roster overhaul in which they moved on from center Clint Capela and brought in the versatile Robert Covington.

Owner Tilman Fertitta has claimed steep financial losses for his hotel empire amid the coronavirus crisis, though he has previously denied that it would affect Rockets operations or his interest in selling the team.

Houston recently hired a new head coach to replace D'Antoni in Stephen Silas, the son of longtime NBA coach Paul Silas.

D'Antoni was not brought back after his contract expired at season's end following four years at the helm. Morey followed weeks after, and later joined the Philadelphia 76ers front office.