Lakers' Russell Westbrook said 'hell no' to potential trade to Clippers, according to Wizards GM

Nine-time NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook is on his 3rd group in 3 seasons, signing up with the Los Angeles Lakers this summertime in a hit five-team trade that included 9 gamers, 2 draft choices and a choice swap. Most presumed that Westbrook, who apparently had actually formerly asked out of Oklahoma City and Houston, asked for a trade from the Washington Wizards.

However, Wizards basic supervisor Tommy Sheppard set the record directly previously today, stating that while Westbrook was open to a trade, he never ever required the front workplace’s hand. An L.A. native, Westbrook worried that he would enjoy to bet his home town Lakers, however likewise made it clear that the other Los Angeles NBA group was not an alternative.

“Russell actually never asked to move on,” Sheppard stated, through NBC Sports Washington. “He just said, ‘If I can get to the Lakers, that’d be something I would love to do. If not, I’ll be back here.’ I said, ‘What about the Clippers?’ He said, ‘Hell no.’ “

It’s an amusing and intriguing information that Sheppard chosen to consist of, and it highlights the rift in between Lakers fans and Clippers fans that continues Southern California, especially considering that both groups have actually simultaneously reached title competitor status. But when it comes to Westbrook being traded to the Clippers, it’s most likely a moot point.

In order to match Westbrook’s wage, the Clippers would have most likely needed to give up Westbrook’s previous OKC colleague Paul George, who they signed to a four-year, $190 million extension last December. After George led the Clippers to the Western Conference finals for the very first time in franchise history, it’s tough to picture owner Steve Ballmer and the front workplace wishing to switch him for Westbrook, who would be a curious fit beside Kawhi Leonard and the rest of the lineup.

While it’s not likely the Clippers would have made such an offer, it’s still amusing that Westbrook would rapidly and adamantly turn down a prospective trade to a champion competitor. With Leonard’s status up in the air this season following knee surgical treatment, Westbrook certainly felt that partnering with LeBron James and Anthony Davis for his preferred group maturing was the most direct course to his very first NBA title.

In return, the Wizards got a number of starting-caliber NBA gamers, consisting of Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from the Lakers, in addition to point player Spencer Dinwiddie in a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

“Russell was very direct about, ‘hey, I want to win a championship. I don’t know how many more of these I have.’ LeBron is a dear friend of his, Anthony Davis, different things, he’s from L.A., grew up a Lakers fan. I get all that,” Sheppard stated. “Russell was very, very professional in everything that he did. We sat, we got together and I just said, ‘You know what, I’ll help you with the Lakers if it’s great for us.’ And it was great for us.”

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