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Russell Westbrook Next Team Odds: Moving On From Clippers?

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The Los Angeles Clippers added Russell Westbrook to join a super team of sorts with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. While it didn't make the Clippers championship favorites on NBA futures boards, it did turn them into a viable contender.

But Leonard and George couldn't stay healthy. It was Westbrook alone for most of the postseason, a run that lasted just five games and a first-round ouster vs. the Phoenix Suns. By most accounts, Westbrook did his best to keep L.A. afloat. But inconsistencies, including shooting 3-of-19 and 3-of-18, were dramatic. 

He's now an unrestricted free agent, and a polarizing one at that. He can be an energizing force, but also a disruptive one. There's a reason he has played on five teams in the last four seasons. 

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has analyzed the league landscape and revealed his NBA odds for which teams could be in the market for Westbrook this offseason. 

Russell Westbrook 2023-24 Team Odds 

TeamOddsImplied Probability
Los Angeles Clippers+40020.0%
Orlando Magic+45018.2%
Dallas Mavericks+50016.7%
Chicago Bulls+52516.0%
Houston Rockets+80011.1%
San Antonio Spurs+10009.1%
Miami Heat+10009.1%
The Field+42519.1%

Odds are projected and are not currently available at legal betting sites or betting apps.

There is no doubting Westbrook's talent as one of the more explosive point guards in NBA history. The nine-time All-Star has led the Association in points on two occasions and assists on three others. 

But the knock on him is he’s always been a statistical standout without the team success to go with it. He didn't fit well with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers, or Bradley Beal on the Wizards, or James Harden with the Rockets. All those teams fell well short of expectations with Westbrook leading the charge surrounded by other stars.

While the Clippers were only 11-10 in the regular season with Westbrook in the lineup, the team won 10 of their final 15 games to qualify for the playoffs. Leonard and George have both indicated they'd like Westbrook back for a full season to see what they can do together. The Clippers have made a similar claim. 

Between the Lakers and Clippers this season, however, Westbrook commanded over $47 million in salary, almost all of which was paid for by the Jazz as a zero-game trade stop between the L.A. teams. With Leonard and George each slated to count $45.6 million against the salary cap for 2023-24, management would have to get very creative to add another mega-expensive piece. 

Who Wants Westbrook?

Westbrook has never been a free agent in the offseason before, and admits he's not sure how it will go. The L.A. native has loved his time with the Clippers, but other teams will be able to afford to pay him more. 

None of those teams are expected to be true championship contenders. But all of them have a young corps of potential standouts that could flourish with Westbrook at the point. 

The Orlando Magic have more than enough money to pay Westbrook, and a budding star in Paolo Banchero in the post to team with. But they also have Markelle Fultz at the point, though injury concerns could keep them from fully investing in Fultz long-term. 

The Detroit Pistons have playmakers but the jury is out at PG with young Killian Hayes. The Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs also have loads of cash, but appear to be further away from a team standpoint from competing. 

One potential wrinkle that could get Westbrook to consider one of those building teams? Each of the Rockets, Spurs and Pistons has a 14% chance to win the NBA Draft Lottery and the opportunity to pick Victor Wembanyama, the 7-foot-2 Frenchman.

A Westbrook-to-Wembanyama partnership could be enticing for a team seeking relevance. 

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One immediate contender with a spot to presumably fill: the Dallas Mavericks. The Kyrie Irving experiment was a bust; the team went from a mid-level playoff contender in the Western Conference down to 11th place and out of the postseason entirely after adding Kyrie in a trade with the Nets. 

The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat are in the market for a point guard and a playmaker. Cap concerns are especially big for Miami. 

The Field is led by contenders that have offseason decisions to make on high-priced players of their own, including the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors

About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.