2023 NBA Buyout Market Tracker: Russell Westbrook to sign with Clippers

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2023 NBA Buyout Market Tracker: Russell Westbrook to sign with Clippers

The NBA trade deadline has officially passed, but teams still have one last opportunity to improve their rosters in the post-trade deadline buyout market.

More often than not, the buyout market is a result of one of two things: teams not being able to find new homes for their disgruntled veterans before the trade deadline, or teams having to waive players to make room for a multiplayer trade.

Stay up to date with all the latest moves on the buyout market below:

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Russell Westbrook (will sign with the Clippers)

Westbrook and the Clippers began having conversations last week, The Athletic reported. Such contact is possible because Utah granted Westbrook permission to speak to the Clippers. Westbrook, 34, averaged 15.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 28.7 minutes per game with the Lakers prior to the Jazz deal.

Patrick Beverley (will sign with the Bulls)

Beverly will return to his hometown by signing with the Bulls for the remainder of the season, ESPN reported Monday. Better known for his defense, the veteran guard scored 6.4 points per game while dishing out 2.6 assists per game with the Lakers this season. He was traded to the Magic at the trade deadline. Orlando bought him out shortly after.

Kevin Love (will sign with the Heat)

After agreeing to a buyout with the Cavaliers on Saturday, Love intends to sign with the Heat once he clears waivers, ESPN reported. Love requested a buyout from Cleveland after he didn’t play in the team’s final 12 games prior to the All-Star break and fell out of the rotation. He’s scoring a career-low 8.5 points per game this season as he’s dealt with a thumb injury, but the Heat hope Love can play a role in a possible playoff run.

Reggie Jackson (signed with the Nuggets

Jackson completed a buyout agreement with the Hornets on Saturday and signed with the Nuggets on Tuesday, the team announced. The point guard was traded from the Clippers to the Hornets at the trade deadline. He scored 10.9 points per game in 52 games this season with the LA Clippers.

Dewayne Dedmon (signed with the 76ers)

Philadelphia signed Dedmon on Tuesday after he was bought out by San Antonio, the team announced. The 76ers add the center as they’ve struggled to find much consistency with Joel Embiid’s backup in recent seasons. Dedmon averaged 11.7 minutes per game in 30 games for the Heat. 

Terrence Ross (signed with the Suns)

Ross will sign with the Suns after he finalized a buyout with the Magic on Sunday, ESPN reported. Ross played for Orlando since he was traded there at the 2017 NBA trade deadline, scoring 12.7 points per game and making 35.1% of his 3-pointers over seven seasons with the Magic. 

Danny Green (signed with the Cavaliers)

Green is signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Cavaliers, per The Athletic. Green has only played in three games this season, and averaged three points in those affairs.

Justin Holiday (will sign with the Mavericks)

The veteran forward — and older brother of Jrue and Aaron Holiday — has agreed to a buyout in Houston and will sign with the Mavs, per ESPN. Holiday was traded from the Hawks to the Rockets ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline. 

Completed buyouts

Stanley Johnson (Spurs)

The Spurs have released forward Johnson, per The Athletic. He’s shot 45% from beyond the arc this season, and is expected to be in contact with multiple contenders.

Pending buyouts

John Wall (Traded from Clippers to Rockets)

The Rockets plan to waive Wall after reacquiring him at the trade deadline, The Athletic reported on Feb. 9. Wall was under contract with the Rockets in the 2021-22 season, but was asked not to play for the team. In a recent interview, Wall called the Rockets a “trash” organization.

Will Barton (Wizards)

The Wizards are working to buy Barton out of his contract, according to ESPN on Feb. 9. Barton had 11 DNPs in 54 games for the Wizards despite averaging 14.7 points per game as a starter for the Nuggets last season.

Serge Ibaka (Traded from Bucks to Pacers)

The Pacers will waive Ibaka, according to The Athletic on Feb. 9. Ibaka averaged 11.6 minutes per game in 16 games for the Bucks, with his last appearance coming on Jan. 1.

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