The Utah Jazz have given Russell Westbrook and his agent permission to discuss a potential role with other teams in the event the former MVP is bought out, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
The Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, and Miami Heat are among the clubs Westbrook and his representatives have been in contact with, according to Wojnarowski.
Utah acquired Westbrook from the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team deal on the eve of last week’s NBA trade deadline. While the nine-time All-Star has yet to suit up for the Jazz, he has expressed a willingness to stay with the club for the duration of the campaign.
Westbrook primarily came off the bench this season for the first time in his 15-year career, averaging 15.9 points, 7.5 assists, 6.2 boards, and one steal over 52 appearances. However, he went just 29.6% from deep and 41.7% overall.
Chicago has been without Lonzo Ball for the entire season and their 24th-ranked offense could benefit from Westbrook’s presence.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles was in the market for a point guard ahead of the deadline and former teammate Paul George has openly campaigned to bring the nine-time All-NBA selection aboard.
Westbrook averaged a triple-double during his lone season in the nation’s capital.
Lastly, Miami could use some backcourt depth with Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo struggling to remain healthy.
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