Russell Westbrook has not had a particularly great couple of years. His issues truly started when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers. Overall, it was clear that his style of play was incompatible with that of LeBron James. Subsequently, the Lakers had to have Russ come off the bench so that he and LeBron would not be in each other's way. Regardless, things did not change much for the Lakers who continued to hover around 13th in the Western Conference. For many, it was clear that Russ needed a change of scenery.
During the trade deadline, the Lakers were making all sorts of phone calls involving Russ. Eventually, they were able to land a deal with the Utah Jazz. From there, it was revealed that the Jazz would buy out Russ' deal. This would then make Russ a free agent who could go wherever he pleases. In the end, he did just that as earlier this morning, it was announced that he would be joining the Los Angeles Clippers.
Russell Westbrook To Clips
As you can imagine, there was a lot of fanfare around this decision. Westbrook is a high-profile player who demands attention. Consequently, fans were very interested in where he would eventually go. Now, Russ will get to play with the likes of Kawhi Leonard. Additionally, he will reunite with his former teammate on the Thunder, Paul George. Overall, this is going to be very fun to watch. Moreover, there is now this sense that the Clippers are title contenders. However, NBA Twitter might have something else to say about that, as Russ is already the subject of endless memes.
In the various tweets down below, you can find some memes that are both for and against Russ joining the Clippers. Many believe that Russ will actually enhance certain players such as Ivica Zubac. Others aren't so sure as Russ has never truly worked out for any of his former teams. Regardless, the Clippers have their point guard, and they are confident that they can make a deep title run with Westbrook at the helm.