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  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni revealed that Russell Westbrook has "a couple" dislocated fingers.

    Westbrook was sporting a wrap on his right pinky and the injury isn't expected to affect his availability at all. Though news of an injury like this isn't what fantasy players want to hear, it doesn't sound like Westbrook is concerned about it. "It’s all right. I learned a long time ago when I first got in the league, point guard fingers are always going to be f—ed up. That’s just what it is." Continue drafting Westbrook as usual in the lead up to the season.

    Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook just couldn't get it going in Wednesday's loss to San Antonio, scoring 14 points (5-of-13 shooting from the field, 1-4 from the line) to go with four assists, four rebounds and eight turnovers.

    Ouch. Westbrook's bad games look a lot worse when his volume scoring and playmaking is taken away, which is exactly what James Harden did tonight. He's a confounding player for fantasy managers to consider around the second round where he is being taken. No, he won't be this bad every night, but when he is, you will not have a good time.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook was not concerned after banging knees with a teammate in practice on Monday.

    Westbrook owners and Rockets fans can breathe. He was in good spirits after the incident and is likely deserving of a second round pick going forward.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook and James Harden scored 22 points apiece in Thursday's preseason victory, with Westbrook going 7-of-17 from the field with three rebounds, four assists, three triples and three steals while Harden added three rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a triple on 6-of-16 shooting.

    It's worth noting that Harden did more of the distributing here, and that's definitely a wrinkle to watch as the preseason rolls on. The two make for a solid on-court fit but fantasy players will want to be mindful of how the duo could have a major effect on Westbrook's assists. It shouldn't be this drastic in the regular season, but Westbrook's stat set can't really support a major dip in dimes — at least not at his ADP.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook, who had been limited with knee issues at the beginning of camp, is not on the Rockets' injury report for Thursday's preseason game in Tokyo.

    Clint Capela looks good to go as well after battling a minor thumb issue on Tuesday. If he continues to prove that he is healthy, Westbrook is deserving of a top-20 selection this season.

    Source: Alykhan Bijani on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook had 13 points, two rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block while going 4-of-10 from the field, as the Rockets fell to the Raptors 134-129.

    Russ also went just 1-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, but the truth of the matter is that he looked fine sharing the backcourt with James Harden. Efficiency will be the key for Westbrook as he is adjusting to the Rockets system and playing next to an equally ball-dominant guard. He is still expected to go in the early rounds of drafts obviously.

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook, who underwent right knee surgery this summer, is probable for Tuesday's preseason game in Tokyo.

    Westbrook sat out of last Thursday's game but was expected to play in Japan, and it looks like that will happen. This is great news for fantasy players, who can draft Westbrook with a little more confidence in his health.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook will sit out of Thursday's preseason game vs. Clippers but is expected to play in at least one game in Japan.

    The Rockets are being very cautious with newly acquired point guard as they have their sights set on a Finals appearance. Expect Westbrook to be ready for the start of the regular season and if he is able to improve his efficiency, he will likely be a second round talent in fantasy this year.

    Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    According to Mike D'Antoni, Russell Westbrook "might not play" in the Rockets' preseason opener against the Shanghai Sharks on Monday.

    As Westbrook was already sitting out some practices it is not shocking that he is missing this preseason affair in China. He had a couple procedures this summer and is expected to be ready for opening night. Whether he is on the Rockets or the Thunder, you can count on Westbrook to deliver plenty of fantasy value this season. It'll be interesting to see how his poor 3-point shooting operates in the Rockets' system, but he could easily deliver second value if he has one his better shooting seasons from the field and line.

    Source: Alykhan Bijani on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook has been practicing on a limited basis.

    Rockets' head coach Mike D'Antoni said they are only resting him because he is coming off of two minor procedures during the offseason and will ramp him up soon. Westbrook is healthy and should not have any limitations come opening night.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery over the summer, says he will be ready for opening night.

    Westbrook is excited to be reunited with former teammate James Harden, calling their pairing "scary" for the rest of the NBA. While this may sound like the usual interview chatter you'd imagine to hear, Westbrook does hold some intriguing bounce-back value this season under Mike D'Antoni.

    Source: Mark Berman on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Russell Westbrook and James Harden plan to work on more off-ball movement now that they are teammates on the Rockets, according to Alykhan Bijani.

    Don't expect huge changes from either star, but it will be interesting to see how both Westbrook and Harden can take advantage of playing together. In particular, Westbrook had difficulty in isolation with the Thunder last season. Expect him to take advantage of defenses distracted by Harden's skill set.

    Source: Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic

  • James Harden
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Daryl Morey talked about load management for James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the Dan Patrick Show, and when asked about whether that was part of the plan he said "Yeah, it always is (part of the strategy).

    "We try not to label it. It’ll be a very put together plan by our staff throughout the season to have our guys peak in April," said Morey. Harden has won that battle and stayed on the floor as he played through injuries to pursue MVP awards, and Westbrook isn't exactly known for dialing it down, though both players could be wise to limit their pitch counts at this stage of their careers. On the other hand, the Rockets' depth is practically nil and they need to re-learn how to play together, so this could easily be a case of August talk not mattering a whole lot. We'll be monitoring the situation throughout the preseason.

    Source: Alykahn Bijani on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    Mike D'Antoni "would be disappointed" if Russell Westbrook didn't improve his 3-point percentage this season.

    D'Antoni added, "I think we can do that. I think that just by knowing that that's kind of how we play and him having the green light to (shoot) and not worry about it." Westbrook shot just 29.0 percent from deep last season and has been under 30.0 percent in four of his last five campaigns, so there is definite room for improvement. It's possible that Westbrook will find more catch-and-shoot looks available next to James Harden, and moving away from pull-up threes could help him improve his efficiency, but we won't be able to tell for sure until we see the duo take the court in preseason. Improving his deep shooting would definitely help, but there are serious questions about the rest of Westbrook's stat set. Rebounds and assists may not be as available in a system that isn't specifically tailored to him, and free throws and turnovers still look like problem areas. It's not a bad on-court fit but Westbrook seems unlikely to return to his former top-30 glory.

    Source: Salman Ali on Twitter

  • Russell Westbrook
    PG, Houston Rockets

    The Rockets and Thunder officially completed their blockbuster trade of Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026, and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 for Russell Westbrook on Tuesday.

    Westbrook and Harden and now officially reunited and will be performing massive pre-game routines at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, the Thunder officially have Chris Paul on the roster and are free to move him if they choose. Watching how Sam Presti begins this rebuild process will be interesting, to say the least.

    Source: Royce Young on Twitter