Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Lakers made a big move and decided to part ways with Russell Westbrook.
This decision brought an end to a troubled, disappointing chapter in the team’s history, one that started with the best intentions and ended up with hurt feelings and Westbrook being accused of being a “vampire.”
Obviously, it was a rough stretch for the Lakers.
But even though Westbrook never produced for LA as people had hoped, he still has talent and he will most definitely find another team in the league.
Paul George has already begun recruiting Russell Westbrook, per @ramonashelburne pic.twitter.com/YiyNWKk82X
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Although Westbrook was officially traded to the Utah Jazz, it is believed he will receive a buyout from that squad and will be free to find another team to play for.
According to NBA insider Ramona Shelburne, Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers has already begun recruiting Westbrook.
No one is quite sure what that means.
Has George picked up the phone and encouraged Westbrook to contemplate a move to the Clippers?
Has he spoken with his team’s front office and pressured them to talk to Westbrook?
And what will this all amount to?
Will Westbrook remain in Los Angeles and simply swap teams?
It remains to be seen where Westbrook goes, as other teams like the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat have been mentioned as possible new homes for him too.
Some reporting has suggested that the Clippers’ front office isn’t sure how he would play alongside Kawhi Leonard.
A timid approach to Westbrook is understandable, given the inconsistent work he had while playing for the Lakers.
You can understand if other teams don’t leap at the chance to add him.
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