In Thursday's game against the Clippers, Draymond Green and the Warriors employed a radical defensive strategy against Russell Westbrook. Mar 2, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Russell Westbrook (0) between plays against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook has reportedly reached a new deal with the Los Angeles Clippers that left many fans shaking their heads.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the contract is for two years and $8 million. In today’s NBA, that is ridiculously low. That’s especially true for a nine-time All-Star.

The 34-year-old Westbrook clearly isn’t the triple-threat he was in his younger days; it’s been almost painful watching the videos/memes of him left wide open from outside, like the West Coast Ben Simmons, with teams daring him to shoot.

Westbrook averaged 15.9 points, 7.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game last season split between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. Those numbers alone would seem to be worth a more lucrative deal than he got from the Clippers.

Granted, Westbrook won’t exactly need to shop at thrift stores, clip coupons and order off the dollar-menu at Wendy’s, but his bargain contract was the talk of the NBA world Saturday.

Many fans respected him for taking far below his market value, in a bid to chase a championship with the Clippers.

[Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN]

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