After being bought out recently by the Utah Jazz, Russell Westbrook will reportedly be signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.
In some ways, it seems to be an appropriate move, as he spent the last one and a half seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to Utah, and he is also a native of the Southland, having attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif. and the University of California, Los Angeles.
However, this signing has many NBA analysts rolling their eyes, and one of those analysts is Fox Sports 1’s Nick Wright.
Wright feels that not only is Westbrook not the answer for the Clippers, but that he will be a terrible signing for them.
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The Clippers have been considered one of the league’s most talented teams over the last three years, and coming into this season, they were considered the overwhelming favorites to win the NBA championship.
However, they currently hold a disappointing 33-28 record and sit in fourth place in the Western Conference.
Ever since Kawhi Leonard and Paul George came to the Clippers in 2019, they have lacked a high-level point guard who can dictate the pace and set the table while also being a scoring threat.
Perhaps a few years ago, Westbrook could’ve been the answer to that deficiency, but Wright pointed out that these days, he is simply incapable of doing so.
While with the Lakers, Westbrook played well at times, but his declining athleticism was glaring, which made his inability to consistently hit shots outside the paint that much harder to tolerate.
In no way does he reassemble the man who won the 2017 league MVP and averaged a triple-double four times from 2017 to 2021.
It is looking more and more like the Clippers are headed toward yet another playoff disappointment this spring.NEXT: Stephen A Smith Gives His Opinion Of Russell Westbrook With Clippers