John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins haven’t played together in a meaningful game for over a decade. In June of this year, Wall, who played with Cousins at Kentucky during the 2009-10 season, publicly said he wanted to reunite with his close friend. Yesterday, that wish became reality. The Houston Rockets continued their franchise overhaul on Wednesday night by trading Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall in a swap of disgruntled point guards.
“The decision to part ways with John, one of the greatest players in franchise history, was extremely difficult,” Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard said in a statement. “What he has meant to our organization and our community is immeasurable and will not be forgotten.”
Wall, a five-time All-Star who had spent his whole 10-season career with the Wizards, reunites in Houston with DeMarcus Cousins, his former college teammate at Kentucky and a close friend. The Rockets signed Cousins this week to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract in hopes that Cousins, 30, a four-time All-Star, can recover from the Achilles’ tendon and knee injuries that have plagued him for the past two years.
Both Westbrook, 32, and Wall, 30, have three seasons left on their contracts worth slightly more than $130 million.