SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz have waived former MVP Russell Westbrook after negotiating a buyout. Westbrook is expected to will sign with the L.A. Clippers after negotiating a buyout with the Utah Jazz.
Westbrook was traded to the Jazz from the L.A. Lakers two weeks ago that brought Utah a coveted 2027 first round draft pick, but had yet to report to the team.
A nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer, Westbrook and the Jazz completed a buyout on the remaining $47 million owed on his expiring deal. After being waived, the Clippers will become Westbrook’s fifth NBA team.
Jazz general manager Justin Zanik had said it was possible Westbrook could play for the Jazz for the remainder of the season, but that was never a realistic option, as the Jazz are concentrating on developing its younger players.
This season, the 34-year-old Westbrook is averaging 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in a sixth man role for the Lakers.