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Should the Dallas Mavericks sign Russell Westbrook if he gets bought out?

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The Dallas Mavericks watched starting guard Jalen Brunson depart in free agency this summer, and they got nothing in return. Luka Doncic and company had their most success with two ball-handlers on the floor last season, but they have just two options on their roster right now. Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to start next to Luka, but Dallas needs another playmaker.

The free agent market has dried up, but nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook could find himself there at some point this offseason. After a rough season in Los Angeles, the Lakers are looking to move on from the 6’3 guard and his $47 million expiring contract. They have struggled to find a trade, and it appears if Westbrook gets dealt, a buyout is likely to be on the horizon.

If the 33-year-old can be had for the minimum salary after a buyout, should the Mavericks be interested in signing Westbrook? Things are certainly complicated on that front.

Should the Dallas Mavericks sign Russell Westbrook if he gets bought out?

Westbrook is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best players of his generation. He averaged a triple-double per game for the entire season four times in a five-year run from 2017 to 2021. Nobody is questioning Westbrook’s resume, but he is no longer a superstar.

Westbrook parted ways with his longtime agent Thad Foucher on July 15, and the agent was quick to release a statement saying Westbrook’s best option is staying with the Lakers.

If Russell Westbrook hits the open market, should the Dallas Mavericks swoop in and sign him. Here is a closer look at the potential situation.