There seems to be a deliberate effort inside the Los Angeles Clippers‘ locker room to get Russell Westbrook on the team.
Just a few days ago, news came out of Paul George trying to woo Westbrook to the Clippers.
And now we are hearing kind words about Westbrook from yet another LA star.
"I was labeled the worst player in the NBA before I got [to the Clippers]. You can't reflect on his whole career based on the last 18 months … I would be more than happy to have a player like [Westbrook]." – @nicolas88batum on adding Russell Westbrookpic.twitter.com/dS4292tshO
— Unbiased NBA Fan (@nonbiasednbafan) February 14, 2023
Speaking to the press, Nicolas Batum talked about his desire to have a player like Westbrook on the roster.
“I was labeled the worst player in the NBA before I got [to the Clippers]. You can’t reflect on his whole career based on the last 18 months. I would be more than happy to have a player like [Westbrook],” Batum said.
Batum certainly does have a point: judging a player based solely on the last year-and-a-half isn’t wise and it doesn’t paint the whole picture of someone’s abilities.
However, what are the chances of Westbrook actually remaining in LA and simply switching teams from the Lakers to the Clippers?
Right now, he is officially signed to the Utah Jazz but it is assumed he will be bought out by the team and can make his way to another squad.
There are a few teams in the running to land him, such as the Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat.
Of course, the final destination rests solely on Westbrook, his representatives, and a team’s front office.
After the up-and-down 18 months he just had, which front office will want to add Westbrook and accept his good and his bad?
Batum – and others – are hoping it’s the Clippers.
There have been conflicting reports about LA with some saying Clippers management isn’t too keen on acquiring Westbrook.
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