7 Clippers whose futures are up in the air this offseason

These Clippers are question marks to return next season.
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3. Russell Westbrook

There were reports about Westbrook wanting to leave the Clippers (subscription required). The future Hall of Famer took to Instagram to dispel those rumors and state his desire to remain in LA, but things could change quickly.

He has a $4 million player option for the 2024-25 season. Westbrook may decide to opt out if thinks he can get more money or a larger role elsewhere. The Clippers may trade his expiring contract in hopes of finding a better fit if he agrees to return.

Westbrook played a much larger and more important role before LA acquired James Harden. He averaged just 21.6 minutes each night after The Beard arrived and it dipped to 19.0 in the playoffs. Harden and Westbrook both need the ball to be at their best. The fit just does not work. If Harden returns, Russ should search for a new team.

There will always be criticism of Westbrook. From his inability to shoot to his ball-dominant style, his detractors won't go away. Fans saw him help the Clips win when he arrived in 2023, and it could happen again in a maximized role.

Much depends on the future of Harden. Russell Westbrook wants to stay home in Los Angeles, but what does The Beard do in free agency?