After meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers franchise officials, Utah Jazz guard Russell Westbrook will reportedly meet with franchise cornerstones Paul George and Kawhi Leonard in the near future, according to The Athletic’s Law Murray.
The Los Angeles Clippers go into the All-Star break in the spotlight. The second franchise of the Californian city is experiencing its best moment of the season, settled in the playoff positions and having overcome one of their fearsome rivals, the Phoenix Suns – who are still waiting for Kevin Durant.
They are also looking to the market, in search of the only position they do not fill, that of point guard. There, the spotlight is on Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook left the other side of Los Angeles with more shadows than lights. He was a no-nonsense rotation player off the bench and contributed, but was inefficient in shot selection, decision-making and never fit in with the other stars – LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Clippers are in pole position to acquire his services.
With the playoff eligible waiver deadline on Mar. 1 and Westbrook having yet to complete his buyout with the Jazz, his meeting with George and Kawhi could happen quite soon. The All-Star break, as players will have more than a week off in between games, is a possible time when the three stars will choose to meet.
The fact that the meeting is set to take place could mean that the Clippers executives liked enough of what they heard and saw from Westbrook as they discussed his possible role with the team. Nonetheless, without that being confirmed, all that can be said is that George and Kawhi are interested enough in the scenario to discuss it with the 2016-17 MVP.
Westbrook could legitimately have a starting role with L.A., given Clippers head coach Ty Lue’s history of trusting veteran players and his desire to have a true point guard. A player that can put PG and Leonard in position for easier buckets — let alone to run the offense — would certainly help jump start the offense.
Whether or not that player can be Westbrook may simply depend on if he and the veteran-led squad believe they can truly mesh.
A competitive Clippers
Because the reality of the Clippers is that they are a growing team. In the elite of the crazy West, with an influential Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. They visited Phoenix with distinction, winning a game that could be a playoff series. They were missing Kevin Durant, who is not ready yet. But the LA side took advantage of Paul George and Terance Mann, 26 points each.
It’s for that reason that the Clippers would be one of their worst playoff opponents.
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