Russell Westbrook's time with the Houston Rockets could be coming to an end after just one full season.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Westbrook "wants out of Houston," indicating that the All-NBA guard seeks a trade just over a year after the Rockets acquired him from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Charania's report was confirmed by Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston, who added that Westbrook is unhappy with the Rockets' offensive playing style.
Following a second-round exit at the hands of the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers, head coach Mike D'Antoni informed Rockets brass he would not be returning for the upcoming season, a fact that indicated Houston would likely be adopting a new brand of basketball. Considering the fact that newly-appointed head coach Stephen Silas has been lauded for his offensive genius, Westbrook's displeasure with the offence could stem more from a fit alongside his All-Star backcourt mate, James Harden.
Westbrook's reported trade request and displeasure are at the forefront of what seems to be a myriad of issues brewing within the Rockets organization. Along with Kelly Iko and Sam Amick, Charania outlined an inside look at the state of the Rockets for The Athletic.
Among other reported issues revolve Houston's supporting cast, as P.J. Tucker is reportedly upset with the team's hesitance to progress on contract extension talks while both Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers have expressed displeasure with the inconsistency of their roles on a night-to-night basis.
While Tucker may have taken to social media to refute such reports, Rivers recently appeared on The Ringer's "Real Ones" Podcast with Raja Bell and Logan Murdock, where he indicated that he would be opting out of the next year of his contract with the Rockets, saying "I definitely want to… probably be out there on the market, and just see what else is out there.
"Houston's still one of my main options," Rivers added, "That's a team I loved playing for. But there's other teams out there that you want to look at. You owe it to yourself to at least see the best situation."
Through it all, Charania reports that Harden remains committed to the Rockets franchise with just over a month left until the upcoming season which is set to tip on Dec. 22.
With Harden's commitment seemingly serving as the lone constant, a number of questions now surround the Rockets franchise, most of which pertain to Westbrook's immediate future.
Stick with NBA.com for more updates surrounding this developing situation, including potential trade destinations for Westbrook.
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