October 15, 2020 | 4:25pm

With Houston president Daryl Morey stepping down a year after his controversial retweet about China/Hong Kong, league sources believe the Rockets are likelier to look into trading away explosive All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook.

While Thunder guard Chris Paul and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo have captured Knicks president Leon Rose’s fancy, Knicks executives likely would turn some of their attention toward Texas if Westbrook is placed on the market. The Rockets reportedly will promote executive VP Rafael Stone to GM.

The Post listed Westbrook as one of the five potential All-Star trade targets on Oct. 6.

Westbrook, who turns 31 in November, is 3 ½ years younger than Paul. Westbrook and Paul both have mammoth contracts and you can make the argument Westbrook’s is worse despite the age difference.

The point guard from Los Angeles has two years left at $85.5M but has a third year that is a player option. Paul has two years left at $85.5M, but without a third year to worry about.

Still, the more explosive Westbrook probably is better equipped to carry the load for a team than Paul, who is a playmaker but not a one-man wrecking ball of a scorer. Reportedly, OKC’s asking price for Paul is very high and some league officials believe he’d prefer a title contender.

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Westbrook’s career scoring average is 23.2 points. Last season he averaged 27.2 points, 7.0 assists and 7.9 rebounds for Houston (44-28), finishing second in Rockets scoring to 2018 NBA MVP James Harden.

Jeff Van Gundy, who still lives in Houston, has interviewed for the Rockets job, looming as a top candidate to replace Mike D’Antoni. Van Gundy could also look for a Rockets reset.

“I can’t imagine they are keeping Harden and Russ together,’’ one NBA executive said. “Russ excels best as the best player on a team and Harden needs outside shooters around him – not a ball-dominant guard. I think Russ will be the one traded.’’

A Westbrook addition would certainly heat up the Knicks-Nets rivalry even more so with his former Thunder teammate Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. Durant left Westbrook in Oklahoma City in 2016 and he reportedly felt jilted.

Some people in the league believe Westbrook would embrace playing in the Big Apple, the fashion capital of the world. A West Coast guy, Westbrook’s top hobby is fashion.

The Knicks had no interest when Westbrook was put on the block in the summer of 2019 but that was when former president Steve Mills was in a more patient mode. Rose is looking to jump-start this rebuild, realizing November’s draft may not land an eventual star with the No. 8 pick.

During Westbrook’s MVP season in 2016-17, he averaged 31.6 points, 10.4 assists and 10.7 rebounds on a 47-35 Thunder club. This was before Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were standouts, so Westbrook was working with a roster featuring Steven Adams and Enes Kanter among its best players.

Ironically, the Knicks thought they were in great position to snare Westbrook in the 2008 draft, selecting sixth. Then-president Donnie Walsh figured Westbrook would be there and was ready to nab him. In fact, in the weeks before the draft, Wesbrook was being projected in the 10-15 range in most mock drafts.

However, in the final weeks, Westbrook’s stock rose dramatically as the UCLA star’s workouts were sensational and Sam Presti took him at No. 4 for the then-Seattle Supersonics. The Knicks were left with Danilo Gallinari, who has carved out a nice career but has not approached an All-Star level.

The Knicks have a trove of assets to trade for an All-Star, including seven first-round picks in the next four drafts, and lottery-pick prospects such as Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr.

They also have cap space to accept a big contract in a trade or they can attempt to exercise the option of Bobby Portis and try their best at matching salaries to give them flexibility for next season.

The Post has reported the Thunder prefer Knox of any of their younger players they’d be willing to trade. It is believed RJ Barrett, the No. 3 pick in 2019, and stud center Mitchell Robinson are all but off limits.