Los Angeles Clippers players strongly want Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook was traded for Jared Vanderbilt, Mike Beasley, and Mike Conley on the 9th (Korean time) and moved the team from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Utah Jazz. Currently, Utah is undergoing a rebuilding with young players as the main axis. Last offseason, they traded franchise stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, revealing a strong will to rebuild, so it is unlikely that they will hire Westbrook, a veteran born in 1988. There is news that Westbrook is likely to have a buyout to become a free agent by agreement with Utah.
This season, Westbrook is averaging 15.9 points, 7.5 assists, 6.2 rebounds and a 41.7% field goal success rate. Excluding the debut season, it is the worst season of his career. The bigger problem is performance. Westbrook was criticized by many Lakers fans for showing such a mess that the stats he recorded were considered good. In fact, most of Westbrook’s secondary stats, including BPM, remain negative this season. 온라인바카라
It’s like this Westbrook, but there is a team aiming for it. They are the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and LA Clippers. In particular, the Clippers want players to actively step out and sign Westbrook. Paul George, who spent his prime playing with Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, is a representative example. Local media ‘ESPN’ reporter Ramano Shelburne said, “George is already persuading Westbrook to join the Clippers.” George also said in an interview, “Kawhi Leonard likes Westbrook too. Leonard wants Westbrook to join him too.”
While the two superstars of the Clippers were in favor of signing Westbrook, there is another player who expressed his approval. That’s Nicholas Batum. Batum was in a similar situation to Westbrook before moving to the Clippers. After being traded from the Portland Traders to the Charlotte Hornets, Batum signed a five-year, $125 million contract. Like a lie, Batum has been sluggish since his contract and became the culprit of Charlotte’s sluggishness, and he has a one-year contract left, but he is bought out and he is released as a free agent. After that, he signed a contract with the Clippers and celebrated his second heyday.
Then Batum was asked about signing Westbrook. Batum said, “It is always welcome to have an MVP or a Hall of Fame player like Westbrook. During my time in Charlotte, I was evaluated as the worst player in the league like Westbrook now. So, I really hope Westbrook comes to the Clippers. I wish,” he said. As Batum said, the situations of Batum at the time and Westbrook now are similar. He has received a lot of criticism and his performance is disastrous for the salary he is receiving.