The LA Clippers have signed guard Russell Westbrook, announced Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
“Russell is one of the most explosive and competitive players in the NBA,” said Frank. “He has many strengths that can benefit the team and a shared desire to win a championship. We’re delighted to welcome him and his family to the organization.”
Westbrook, 34, appeared in 52 games for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, averaging 15.9 points, 7.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds. The 14-year NBA veteran has appeared in 1,073 games and holds career averages of 22.5 points, 8.4 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Lakers.
A Los Angeles native, Westbrook was the 2016-17 Most Valuable Player. He is a nine-time All-NBA honoree (two first-team selections), nine-time NBA All-Star, two-time All-Star Game MVP (2015, 2016), two-time NBA scoring champion, 2012 Olympic gold medalist with the United States and a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Originally selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA, Westbrook is the NBA’s all-time leader in triple-doubles (198) and ranks 10th on the all-time assists list (9,002).