Russell Westbrook to join LA Clippers, agent reveals to ESPN
Adrian Wojnarowski | ESPNReading: 3 min.
Once Westbrook and the Utah Jazz To complete the remaining $47 million buyout, the former NBA MVP will clear waivers and return to Los Angeles, this time with the Clippers.
The Clippers became increasingly interested in Westbrook as team members, including coach Ty Lue and president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank, engaged in ongoing conversations with Westbrook. Those discussions centered on Westbrook’s desire to fit into a clear and specific role with the Clippers around his game, rebounding and toughness.
Westbrook, 34, joins a Clippers core that has championship aspirations and includes a former Thunder teammate. Paul George.
Discussed contracts with Westbrook Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards And Miami Heat In recent days, but the chance to compete for a championship and stay in Los Angeles played a big part in his decision to choose the Clippers.
As part of a three-team deal last Wednesday, the Lakers traded Westbrook and a 2027 first-round pick to the Jazz. After a tumultuous season with the Lakers, Westbrook took some time to relax and consider the possibilities, now reaching a deal with the Clippers. Westbrook assumed the sixth-man role for the Lakers, averaging 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 28.7 minutes per game.