3 Reasons why Westbrook is a great option for the LA Clippers

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The move to sign a former MVP in Russell Westbrook was not an easy one for the LA Clippers (33-28). The front office has been very aggressive in their pursuit of a point guard, but has not found the connecting piece to their superstar duo. This has held the franchise back, keeping them away from a record-breaking playoff run.

This season, the LA Clippers tried to make it work with their two rotational point guards, John Wall and Reggie Jackson. This was a failed trial as neither guard possesses the tools needed to boost the Clippers to where they need to be.

The Clippers anticipated adding a traditional point guard like Kyle Lowry or Fred VanVleet, but time was limited during a chaotic trade deadline. Additionally, the asking price of these players was too high as the front office wanted to maintain their core players like Terance Mann and Norman Powell.

With the Clippers nearly out of options, the buyout market was the last chance for them to acquire an explosive guard. Paul George, a former teammate of Westbrook, along with Marcus Morris and Nicolas Batum, publicly advocated for the front office to make the acquisition. They still believe that Westbrook has what it takes to contribute at a high level, despite an underwhelming run with the Lakers.

Moreover, Westbrook is now 34 years of age and is set for one of the last runs of his hall-of-fame career. However, if the LA Clippers hope to succeed with Westbrook, head coach Tyronn Lue must surround him with the appropriate rotations.