3 Clippers Who Won't Be Back in 2024

The LA Clippers are entering a pivotal offseason with likely big changes coming. Which players will not be back for the 2024-25 season?
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The Los Angeles Clippers have massive decisions awaiting them this offseason. What will they do with the Kawhi Leonard-Paul George-James Harden trio? Will they just run it back with the same team? How much luxury tax is owner Steve Ballmer willing to pay?

Regardless of what you think the answers to these questions are, there will almost certainly be changes to the roster. Here are the three most likely Clippers to not be on the roster at the start of the 2024-25 season.

Russell Westbrook

Russ has been solid ever since he put on a Clippers uniform in the middle of the 2022-23 season. After a disastrous stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, Westbrook found a home with the Clippers, thriving in a sixth-man role.

In 68 games last season, he averaged 11.1 points, 5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game in 22.5 minutes of action, while shooting his best field goal percentage since the 2019-20 season. He was valuable in bringing energy and defensive intensity off the bench while allowing LA to get out in transition and score easy buckets.

Therefore, the Clippers should want to keep him around but it may be out of their hands. Westbrook has a player option worth $4 million for the 2024-25 season. He would almost certainly get a larger offer on the market than that, so he is likely to opt out of that deal. Would the Clippers give him a longer-term deal with more guaranteed money?

Considering how tight their books are, it's unlikely that they can make the best offer to Russ. However, the 35-year-old former MVP made enough money in his career, so he might prioritize being at home in Los Angeles and playing on a good playoff team. If he doesn't, he will have plenty of suitors who could use him as one of the best bench guards in the league.