Russell Westbrook’s move to the Lakers was the biggest free kick and successfully brought the Purple and Gold back to the top of the NBA hierarchy.
Meanwhile, the Clippers spent their summer catching up. Aside from a couple of relatively small acquisitions, they didn’t really do much to improve their team and apparently relied on good health and improved chemistry to get them to the top this season.
From a distance, it looks like the Clippers should covet a guy like Westbrook.
However, according to Zach Lowe, the franchise never had an actual interest in getting him.
(via The Lowe Post Podcast):
“The Clippers were never interested in Russell Westbrook … they were an alleged Russell Westbrook deal in some places when that happened. They were never interested. That was never a real thing. I think they value their optionality too much. “
The Lakers had to sacrifice much of their depth to acquire Russ, and there are still questions about whether or not he will fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
“In the end, even LeBron will raise his hands and say I’m sorry, this is a disaster, that was a mistake,” said FOX Sports analyst Skip Bayless of the Westbrook / LeBron duo. “That’s going to happen eventually. Russell Westbrook is a solo act. And suddenly when you make him the ultimate distributor with LeBron James, it’s fire and water. It doesn’t mix, it doesn’t work. In the end, he becomes the ultimate Scapegoat. KD tried 8 seasons, Harden wanted out after the 1st. James will soon enough too. “
Do the Clippers also doubt the effect of Westbrook? Did you have any concerns about how he would fit in with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George?
Whatever the reasoning, the pressure will be on the clips to prove they are good enough to win as designed, something they previously couldn’t.