The market for Russell Westbrook is heating up.
He still hasn’t been bought out by the Utah Jazz, but teams are already lining up to sign him once it happens.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Clippers have become the latest team to begin talking to the former NBA MVP.
The Los Angeles Clippers have begun conversations with Russell Westbrook, sources tell me and @LawMurrayTheNU. Clippers received permission to speak to Westbrook and talks have started among franchise officials.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 16, 2023
The Clippers are the best fit for Russell Westbrook right now.
According to another report, Westbrook has also spoken to the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, and Chicago Bulls.
The Wizards and Bulls both aren’t really contender whether they have Westbrook or not.
The Heat have worked their way back up to 7th place in the East after a disappointing start to the year and could be a tough out in the playoffs, but their lineup would be a bit crowded at point guard if they added Russell Westbrook.
Kyle Lowry entered the year as the team’s starting point guard, but has recently been unavailable because of an injury. Gabe Vincent has been starting in his place and would likely still get minutes once Lowry returns.
The Clippers don’t have any of the problems the other teams Westbrook has talked to do.
They currently own the Western Conference’s 5th best record and are only 4.5 games behind 2nd place. They are also currently weak at the point guard position.
With the Clippers, Westbrook could return to being a starter in the NBA while also once again playing for a team that is heading for the playoffs. He could do all of that while also getting to reunite with Paul George and play alongside Kawhi Leonard.
Russell Westbrook has plenty of options for where to spend the rest of his season, but the Clippers appear to be the clear choice.