Russell Westbrook plans to sign with LA Clippers, agent says

Guard Russell Westbrook, a nine-time All-Star, intends to sign with the LA Clippers after completing a contract buyout,

according to his agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, who spoke to ESPN. The former NBA MVP will return to Los Angeles,

this time with the Clippers, after Westbrook and the Utah Jazz successfully completed the buyout of the remaining $47 million

owing on his expiring contract. The Jazz formally released him on Monday afternoon, the league reported.

According to reports, as team executives, such as coach Ty Lue and head of basketball operations Lawrence Frank,

delved into a series of conversations with Westbrook, the Clippers grew more and more interested in him.

According to insiders, the focus of those negotiations was Westbrook's readiness to play a clear and

defined position with the Clippers that was based around his playmaking, rebounding, and toughness.

The 34-year-old Westbrook joins a Clippers core that includes his former Thunder colleague Paul George and has championship hopes.

According to reports, Westbrook had recently discussed deals with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls,

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