After concluding a buyout with the Utah Jazz, former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, who was earlier this month dealt from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Jazz as part of a three-team deal, intends to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Westbrook had more than $13 million left on his contract when he was moved by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Utah Jazz at the deadline. According to numerous rumours, a buyout agreement with the Jazz was completed on Monday.
According to ESPN, he intends to agree to a contract for the balance of the season. The veteran’s minimum pay for the last two regular-season games and the playoffs would be $784,914.
In an effort to bolster their roster, the Clippers have been very busy this month, bringing in Mason Plumlee from the Hornets, Bones Hyland from the Nuggets, and guard Eric Gordon from the Rockets. Also Read: NBA All-Star Game: Jaylen Brown of the Celtics debuts a new mask for the Game
In 52 games this season with the LA Lakers, Russell Westbrook averaged 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game. The last time Westbrook and Paul George were teammates was in the 2018–19 campaign. In that calendar year, Westbrook averaged 10.7 assists, 11.1 rebounds, and 22.9 points per game.
Russell Westbrook intends to join the Los Angeles Clippers
The rotation of the LA Clippers will soon see a significant boost. Russell Westbrook decided to remain in Los Angeles after considering offers from other competing teams.
According to reports, Westbrook was contemplating offers from the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards. Instead, Westbrook joins the Clippers, who could emerge as a force in the second half of the 2022–23 campaign. Also Read: NBA All-Star Game: Jayson Tatum breaks a scoring record as Team Giannis defeats Team LeBron
Notwithstanding the emotional rollercoaster that was Westbrook’s time with the Lakers, there was reason for hope due to his performance in 2022–23. Playing with Paul George, a former OKC Thunder colleague, has proven successful for Westbrook. There is now a chance that Westbrook will rediscover his rhythm and return to his prior form.
Russell Westbrook won’t need to be that version of himself for the Clippers, but he may give them a huge boost. Westbrook will replace Paul George and Kawhi Leonard as the Clippers’ elite wings, adding another intriguing wrinkle to the rotation. As they prepare for the second half of the NBA season, Los Angeles is currently 33-28.
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