Russell Westbrook: top-5 teams with chances to acquire former MVP

Russell Westbrook (Image source: Tim Shelby/Wikimedia Commons)
Russell Westbrook (Image source: Tim Shelby/Wikimedia Commons)

Russell Westrbook, who was traded by the Lakers at the trade deadline, could end up in one of these teams after All-Star break

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Russell Westbrook saw his almost two-year roller-coaster tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers come to an end when the said team pulled off a multi-player, three-team trade that sent him to the Utah Jazz.

The former NBA MVP and All-Star is in the middle of one of the worst statistical years since his rookie season, averaging 15.9 points on a 41 percent FGH clip to go along with 6.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.

Many NBA pundits and fans believe the Lakers had to trade him after a one-year and-a-half season experiment because of his failure to flourish in his less-than-stellar role as the third-wheel to fellow superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Nevertheless, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that multiple teams are still interested in taking Westbrook’s service, at least for the remainder of the season. These teams obviously can't trade for him because it’s already past the trade deadline, but they could still acquire him off the waiver wire following a buyout agreement with the Jazz.

Just for the fun of it, let's gauge which team from this line up of rumored suitors – the Thunder, Clippers, Heat, Bulls and Jazz – has the strongest chance of landing the dynamic guard when it's all said and done.


No Chance - The Oklahoma City Thunder

Even if Westbrook had been interested in OKC, the Thunder were not likely to feel the same way. The former MVP would surpass Mike Muscala, a nine-year veteran, as the oldest player on Oklahoma City's team by three years. Adding Westbrook would only derail the development of the team's young player and improving chemistry.


Outside Chance - The Utah Jazz

The franchise's CEO Danny Ainge, general manager Justin Zanik, and coach Will Hardy, according to sources spoke to by Wojnarowski, have told Westbrook that he's welcome to report to the team and complete the season in Utah. There is no assurance that Westbrook will get consistent playing time because the Jazz intend to give priority to their younger players.

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