Could Russell Westbrook end up with the LA Clippers?

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With the trade deadline coming to an end, the LA Clippers must act fast in their race for a championship-caliber point guard. Not too many players on the market meet the criterion, proving why the front office should do all they can to make a move.

That said, reports have been released on a three-team trade that would send the Lakers’ sixth man, Russell Westbrook, to the Jazz, where he will likely be bought out. This essentially means that he would enter free agency, making him available at any price.

Through 52 games this season, Westbrook is averaging 15.9 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.2 rebounds in 28.7 minutes. While these numbers may pop, the former MVP turns the ball nearly four times each contest with a true shooting percentage of 49.6.

The LA Clippers should attempt an experiment for Russell Westbrook at a minimum cost.

Although adding Russell Westbrook may have its cons, the LA Clippers need a point guard who can remain healthy and show aggression around the rim. Westbrook’s role would be pretty straightforward if the front office were to make the signing.

Not to mention, the LA Clippers may be able to sign Westbrook on a veteran-minimum contract. This ultimately means there is no risk involved in acquiring a player of his stature.

According to NBA Insider Chris Haynes, the Clippers are rumored to have an interest in Westbrook when he’s bought out.

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Moreover, this should be considered the last resort for the LA Clippers if their trade options dwindle at the deadline. The point guard position is a significant void for the Clippers, and Westbrook’s game would be just enough to get the job done in the playoffs.