Among several blockbuster trades and moves this free agency, the Houston Rockets acquiring Russell Westbrook from Oklahoma City Thunder is definitely one of the most surprising. The Rockets decided to unite former teammates by getting rid of Chris Paul, which will hopefully give them enough firepower to reach the NBA finals.
Harden and Westbrook played for several years together before they both elevated their games to an MVP type of status, and it will definitely be interesting to see them both in their prime years playing side by side. Of course, there are several question marks around their ability to share the ball properly, however, both of them have enough experience to understand what will put them in a position to win the championship.
Harden spoke to the media and said he is excited about the opportunity to play with Westbrook once again, especially since he knows Russ from the age of 10. He also emphasized the fact Westbrook wasn’t in a happy situation with the Thunder who also lost Paul George so it was necessary for him to join a team ready to compete for the ultimate prize.
“I been knowing Russ since I was 10 years old. We grew up together so, obviously, when I left Oklahoma City I was sad. But then Houston made a home for me. Rockets are my home. And now the opportunity came available to me where Russ isn’t happy and now we’re back. It’s going to be a lot of fun this year. I guarantee that. There’s going to be a lot of excitement.”