When Russell Westbrook was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers a few weeks ago, few people thought he would remain with the Utah Jazz.
The concept of Westbrook leaving the Jazz for another NBA team was a foregone conclusion – it was just a matter of time to find out which franchise would sign the nine-time All-Star.
Now we know where Westbrook will play next – and he doesn’t even have to make major travel plans.
After finalizing a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz, nine-time All-Star guard Russell Westbrook plans to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, his agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasketball tells ESPN. pic.twitter.com/OjZ0Mkuz5x
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 20, 2023
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that Westbrook will sign a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers once the contract buyout process with the Jazz has concluded.
With Westbrook on board, the Clippers have a fierce competitor who pours his heart into every game.
But they also have a player who has been very inconsistent over the last year-and-a-half.
What will Westbrook bring the Clippers, who are currently the fourth team in the West and attempting to go further than ever in the postseason?
For the season, Westbrook has averaged 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists a game.
That’s a far cry from the days when he was putting up more than 30 points and 10 assists a game.
Although originally a starter with the Lakers, Westbrook accepted his bench player role this year.
Will he continue that role with the Clippers or will they use him as a starter?
And will he be able to retain the rhythm and power he once had or stay inconsistent?
For weeks now, we have heard that players with the Clippers want Westbrook on the roster and are eager to play with him.
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