Two sources familiar with the situation told reporters on Tuesday that Russell Westbrook might make his debut with the Los Angeles Clippers as early as this coming Friday if he is successful in being waived.
The individuals talked to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Westbrook is not yet eligible to join a new club until he has been released from waivers.
On Monday, the nine-time All-Star was released from his contract by the Utah Jazz. On Wednesday, it is anticipated that he will be removed from waivers since no club has the salary cap flexibility to take on the remaining $47 million due to him on his expiring deal.
If he signs his contract and passes his physical, there is a remote possibility that Westbrook may participate in Thursday’s practice. In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Clippers will play host to the Sacramento Kings on Friday. The Clippers are now fourth in the Western Conference with a record of 33-28.
The news that Westbrook wanted to join the Clippers was initially reported by NBA Online Betting PH.
The trade keeps Westbrook in Los Angeles. He is a native of the region, excelled at UCLA, and was a member of the Lakers for over two seasons until being sent to the Jazz on February 10 as part of a three-team transaction.
The seasoned player of 15 years has a 28.7-minute game and contributes 15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists on average.
Westbrook would also be reunited with Paul George, a previous teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder. George has been making his case to the front office to bring another point guard.
George said that having a “typical point guard” on their roster would “certainly boost our squad” and “sort of get us in things and make the game easier.” “Well, here’s hoping that Russell sees this and that we can come to a conclusion.“