Los Angeles Clippers officially announce signing of Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook was officially unveiled by the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

    (CNN)The Los Angeles Clippers officially unveiled the signing of Russell Westbrook on Wednesday, two days after he was waived by the Utah Jazz.

    Westbrook was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Jazz as part of a three-team deal on February 10 following a turbulent 18 months with his hometown team.
    The nine-time All-Star, who was reportedly making $47 million in the final year of his contract, failed to adapt to playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis in a disjointed Lakers team, which is now on track to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
      Westbrook certainly improved after being moved to the bench in October last year and is averaging 15.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 28.7 minutes per game in his 15th NBA season.
        "That's a huge part for any normal human being in any situation in the workplace, [being] somebody that a lot of teammates and people want here is very important," Westbrook told reporters. "To me, I value that a lot.
        Russell Westbrook struggled with the Lakers but improved after moving to a bench role.
        "I've been in this league a long time and being somewhere that people want you and they embrace you, that meant a lot to me."
        Westbrook joins a Clippers team that is currently fourth in the Western Conference and one that had already added Eric Gordon, Bones Hyland and Mason Plumlee in a busy trade deadline.