Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard Speaks on Russell Westbrook Trade Rumors

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Washington Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard is likely to be a busy man this offseason, as rumors continue to swirl that the Wizards will move Bradley Beal, so he can relate to the Houston Rockets, who are also rumored to move either, or both, superstars Russell Westbrook and James Harden, embarking on a rebuild.

One particular rumor has Westbrook heading to the Washington Wizards in exchange for point guard John Wall, one that Sheppard specifically discussed.

“Russell’s a perennial All-Star and last year was a third-team All-NBA player,” Sheppard said, according to Mike Deprisco of NBC Sports. “So I think over the years he’s shown he’s an elite player in the NBA. For me, we’re trying to figure out ways to beat teams with guys like that, and I think we have that in Bradley and John. They’ve shown when they’re healthy going at guys that they’re a dynamic duo and one of the best backcourts in the NBA.”

Sheppard didn’t dismiss the rumor, and seemed to add more fuel to the fire, but he also spoke on how trade rumors are commonplace, even for players.

“You mentioned Russell, there’s several players out there this time of year that their names always pop up and I’m sure it bothers them,” Sheppard said. “But I’m sure they’re used to it and life goes on.”