Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • Russell Westbrook Isn’t Ready To Leave Oklahoma City Any Time Soon If The Past Is Any Indication

    Uproxx "When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, all eyes turned to Russell Westbrook. His team just got measurably worse, and with a year before his own free agency, many wondered if he was going to follow Durant’s lead and join a team more ready to contend for a..." October 20

  • Russell Westbrook Asked Durant How He Could Change During Meeting

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison met with Kevin Durant in West Hollywood shortly before the start of free agency. Westbrook asked Durant what he could do and how he could change. Durant was set to meet with several teams during the first few days of July. “He went above and beyond,”..." October 19

  • Russell Westbrook: 'I was never going to leave' Oklahoma City

    Fox Sports "After the milquetoast essay and the token text, Russell Westbrook played dominoes. He had started the game early that July 4 morning, as friends and family filled his sunny backyard for a housewarming party, and he did not stop when his phone throbbed with the news he dreaded. A union that spanned..." October 19

  • Russell Westbrook Really Is The Preseason Favorite To Win NBA MVP

    Uproxx "When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer in free agency, it threw a wrench into the whole MVP debate. It was already going to be difficult for Steph Curry to win it three years in a row, and divvying up his shots with Durant would make it nearly impossible. But there’s..." October 18

  • Russell Westbrook and Marc Gasol get into heated exchange

    Pro Basketball Talk "Plenty has been done to poke the bear that is Russell Westbrook over the past few months. People won’t stop asking him about Kevin Durant, mostly. And now, it appears Marc Gasol must pay!" October 14

  • Russell Westbrook Done Responding To Durant's Comments

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook was asked about comments made by Kevin Durant in which he said he feels "really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form." "That's cute man," said Westbrook. "My job is to worry about what's..." October 13

  • Russell Westbrook: European offenses are “10 times better” than NBA offenses

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you put an average NBA offense — last season’s Detroit Pistons, for example — up against an elite European team’s offense, the Pistons would come out on top. But the reason is talent not system (with all due respect to Stan Van Gundy). Those European teams don’t have anyone like Andre..." October 09

  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder limitations will be tested without Kevin Durant

    SI "If obstruction breeds creativity, then Russell Westbrook's upcoming season promises to be one of the most inventive individual performances the NBA has ever seen. Oklahoma City's reworked roster is marked by its limitations—namely, the loss of one of the NBA's most versatile forwards and committed..." October 07

  • Michael Jordan to present Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City. And for about a year, we've all wondered who would present the Thunder star point guard. Former Thunder co-star Kevin Durant was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last year and..." October 06

  • Perkins: Westbrook, Durant ‘never really valued each other’

    The Oklahoman "“With them not talking right now, that bothers me,” said Perkins, who played in Oklahoma City from 2011-15. “Because I know both of them, they care for each other and love each other, despite the decision that KD made. With me reading an article saying that they haven’t talked to each other, that..." October 01

  • Russell Westbrook says he will not kneel for national anthem “as of right now”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Without question, some kneeling/raised fist protests of the National Anthem are coming to the NBA once preseason games start in a couple of weeks. Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers has already come out saying “there’s no more American thing to do than to protest.” Teams are discussing the need for social..." September 25

  • Victor Oladipo says Russell Westbrook sings him to sleep

    Yardbarker "Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook appear to have a beautiful budding bromance. According to Oladipo, his new Thunder backcourt mate has an interesting way of putting him to sleep." September 25

  • Russell Westbrook Speaks on Police Shootings: “Something Has to Change”

    Complex "The recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte have troubled Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, who grew up in inner city Los Angeles, spoke on the violence Friday at Oklahoma City Thunder media day. “Me growing up in the inner city and being able to see..." September 24

  • Westbrook says he still hasn't spoken to Durant

    Fox Sports "The biggest story of the NBA offseason was Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder in free agency to sign with a Warriors team that blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. The decision came as a shock to many, including Durant's OKC teammates. Russell Westbrook had been a teammate of Durant's for all eight..." September 23

  • Kevin Durant Says His Relationship with Russell Westbrook Is Competitive Only on the Court

    The Ringer "On the latest Any Given Wednesday, Bill Simmons brought on former MVP Kevin Durant and Grammy-nominated rapper Nas to talk basketball, hip-hop, and “beefs.” Durant talked about how he was hurt by his portrayal as “weak” in the media after he left Oklahoma City for Golden State this..." September 22

  • The Laughable Origins Of That Dumb Rumor About Russell Westbrook Getting Traded To The Knicks

    Uproxx "If you’re a big hoops fans and follow the NBA even during the depths of its offseason doldrums, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve seen a rumor suggesting that the New York Knicks may be trading Derrick Rose and budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis to Oklahoma City for Russell..." September 20

  • Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are 'cool'

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are "cool” even though KD left his longtime former teammate when he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in July. Durant was in Austin for a Nike event at the University of Texas on Friday and answered questions from the audience. One was..." September 10

  • KD vs.Westbrook provides NBA with a rivalry

    Orlando Sentinel "Everyone says it: Rivalries in the NBA are dead, ghosts of the past. Rising from the grave, though, might be at least a good old-fashioned feud: Golden State vs. Oklahoma City. In this corner, Kevin Durant. In the other, Russell Westbrook. They were teammates and friends in OKC until..." September 03

  • Does Jordan's Russell Westbrook ad throw shade on Kevin Durant?

    Yardbarker "If you ask Oklahoma City Thunder fans, Kevin Durant ran from a challenge when he jumped ship and signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer. A new Jordan ad featuring Russell Westbrook appears to capitalize on that sentiment." August 27

  • Donovan: I think Westbrook and Durant had a good relationship

    The Oklahoman "On Friday, The Vertical posted a podcast with Thunder coach Billy Donovan in which he discussed a range of OKC-related topics, from the Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant relationship to Serge Ibaka wanting an expanded role offensively. After Durant left for Golden State, reports surfaced from a..." August 27

  • Thunder Fans Are Petitioning to Change Name of Durant, Okla., to ‘Westbrook’

    Complex "Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City devastated when he announced in July he would join the Golden State Warriors, leaving behind the franchise for which he had played for his first nine years in the NBA. Durant meant a lot to his city; Oklahoma would have even given him a governmental post if he’d..." August 25

  • Report: Thunder almost definitely won’t trade Russell Westbrook this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook negotiated himself a raise of more than $8 million and chalked it up to loyalty. Is the feeling mutual? The Thunder can trade Westbrook six months after he signed his contract extension, which make him eligible to be dealt Feb. 4. The trade deadline will be a few weeks..." August 24

  • Russell Westbrook Is The Odds-On Favorite For NBA MVP Next Season

    Uproxx "If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about the fallout from Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, it’s that Russell Westbrook is about to have a monster season. The primal rage that seems to fuel his game will be stoked by KD’s supposed..." August 17

  • Michael Jordan on Russell Westbrook: 'Thirty years ago, that's me'

    The Oklahoman "Lost in the excitement surrounding Russell Westbrook's contract renegotiation with the Thunder was a comparison to one of the NBA's all-time great players. The comparison was made by the all-time great himself: Michael Jordan. A day after Westbrook's new deal was announced, Russ Bengston..." August 10

  • Donavan: I had no idea Westbrook was going to sign extension

    The Oklahoman "Like many NBA followers last week, Billy Donovan was caught off guard. The Thunder coach was in Los Angeles visiting with his future backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo. With the moves the organization made in recent weeks to free up salary cap space, Donovan knew there was a..." August 07

  • Russell Westbrook Listed At 4 To 1 Odds To Win 2017 MVP

    The Oklahoman "With news of Russell Westbrook agreeing to a contract re-negotiation/extension with the Thunder, momentum is building again behind his chances at the Most Valuable Player award.'s latest odds have Westbrook at 4-to-1 to win his first MVP, behind only Golden State's Stephen Curry and..." August 06

  • Michael Jordan Says Russell Westbrook Is a Young MJ—He'll Have to Be Now

    Black Sports Online "Michael Jordan has spent a lot of time praising guys on his brand ever since LeBron James said he was chasing his ghost. After signing his new contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook received the ultimate praise from His Airness." August 05

  • Did Russell Westbrook fail himself by signing extension?

    Sportsnaut "Russell Westbrook surprised the basketball world by signing a renegotiated three-year, $85-plus million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week. It’s not as much that the All-Star guard decided to commit to the Thunder. After all, they are now his team with Kevin Durant in Golden..." August 05

  • Kevin Durant says talking to Russell Westbrook now is ‘a touchy deal’

    Washington Post "Kevin Durant’s foremost concern these days is playing for Team USA, but his decision to join a new NBA team is still a very hot topic. It’s one that followed him to Rio de Janeiro, where he and other members of the U.S. squad met with reporters Thursday. Given that Russell Westbrook, Durant’s..." August 05

  • Kevin Durant reportedly told Russell Westbrook he was leaving via text message

    Yahoo! Sports "The story about how Kevin Durant told former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook he was joining the Golden State Warriors keeps getting more and more intriguing. It was assumed, after the two spent eight years together with the Thunder, going to four Western Conference finals and a..." August 05

  • Westbrook reportedly deleted Durant's goodbye text

    Yahoo! Sports "When Russell Westbrook traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with general manager Sam Presti in the aftermath of the franchise’s lost weekend in the Hamptons, Westbrook held no interest for a post-mortem on Kevin Durant. For a front office still mired in angst and anger, Westbrook delivered a sobering..." August 04

  • Durant will hold off congratulating Westbrook on extension

    The Score "After spending eight seasons together as teammates, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going their separate ways. Durant took his talents to form a superteam in Golden State, while Westbrook elected to continue building his legacy in Oklahoma City by signing an extension. Save for a..." August 04

  • Westbrook signs contract extension with Thunder "The Oklahoma City Thunder and their superstar point guard, Russell Westbrook, will be together for a few more seasons. Westbrook has signed a contract extension with the Thunder that will reportedly keep him in Oklahoma City for up to three more seasons. “I am grateful to extend my contract..." August 04

  • Russell Westbrook Stayed in Oklahoma City for the Money, Chance to Be Kobe in the Post-Shaq Years

    The Big Lead "In the hours after Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors, NBA reporter David Aldridge reported that there was “no chance” Russell Westbrook would sign an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. And yet a month later, Westbrook is set to sign a 3-year extension with the Thunder,..." August 04

  • Enes Kanter trolls Lakers after Russell Westbrook extension

    Sportsnaut "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is very good at this social media thing. He’s proven this over and over again during the summer. That didn’t change in the hours following the report that Russell Westbrook had agreed to sign an extension with his Thunder team. Knowing full well that..." August 04

  • Russell Westbrook to sign $85 million contract extension with Thunder

    SB Nation "After losing Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder are moving quickly to keep Russell Westbrook in town for longer than just this season. Westbrook and will sign a three-year, $85 million contract extension with the Thunder that'll tack on extra salary this year and add two additional years on..." August 04

  • Sources: OKC in serious talks about Russell Westbrook contract renegotiation

    Yahoo! Sports "Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, the agent for Oklahoma City superstar Russell Westbrook, is engaged in serious talks with the Thunder on a contract renegotiation that could secure Westbrook through the 2018-19 season in Oklahoma City, league sources told The Vertical. No deal has been..." August 03

  • Kevin Durant: I never told Russell Westbrook I'm staying in OKC

    Yahoo! Sports "Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant refuted a report that he told his ex-Oklahoma City teammates – including Russell Westbrook – that he planned to re-sign with the Thunder. “It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I..." July 29

  • ESPN report Durant lied to Westbrook about re-signing with OKC is false

    Sporting News "It sounded too good to be true. Weeks after Kevin Durant made the biggest free-agent move since LeBron James decided to return to the Cavs and left the Thunder to join the rival Warriors, an even juicier tidbit about the signing emerged. According to ESPN's Royce Young, Durant told his running..." July 28

  • Enes Kanter blasts writer over Russell Westbrook bashing

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter is looking forward to playing another season alongside Russell Westbrook, and he wants the analysts and talk show hosts who think otherwise to slow their role. During his usual spot on FOX Sports 1’s “Speak for Yourself” this week, Jason McIntyre went..." July 27

  • Kevin Durant Apparently Told Russell Westbrook He Was Returning To The Thunder

    Uproxx "It’s no surprise the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will never be the same. That was an inevitable consequence of the pair going from teammates to adversaries upon Durant rocking the basketball world by signing with the Golden State Warriors in early July. Time heals..." July 27

  • Why Russell Westbrook must decide his long-term future with the Thunder a year early

    SB Nation "As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention in Oklahoma City turned to the future of Russell Westbrook. We've seen much speculation and many trade rumors in the weeks since Durant's momentous decision, but the star point..." July 26

  • Westbrook doesn't want Thunder to trade him

    ESPN "A few days before Kevin Durant left for the Hamptons, he ate dinner at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles with Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison. Durant's two longest-tenured teammates were making their pitch, trying to convince the Oklahoma City Thunder's cornerstone player to come back, if only for..." July 26

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder can't wait on Russell Westbrook

    Fox Sports "We're at an impasse. Russell Westbrook is still silent about his future in Oklahoma City -- noncommittal to signing with the team beyond next season, just as he was before Kevin Durant made his decision. Westbrook is a free agent at the end of next season. If he enters that free agency..." July 26

  • Bucks reportedly discussed Westbrook trade involving "significant assets," backed off over extension refusal

    Brew Hoop "The Milwaukee Bucks were reportedly among the teams to recently discuss a trade for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, according to Adam Joseph yesterday on Twitter: The Thunder's asking price remains very high, as expected. Although the Bucks have a few highly valuable assets such..." July 21

  • Celtics more likely to land Okafor than Westbrook, Griffin

    The Score "The Boston Celtics have plenty of picks and good players, and they may be looking to part with some assets in order to obtain a great player. While they've been linked to stars like Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin, it's believed the player who's most likely to land in Boston via a..." July 20

  • Report: Thunder want to pair Blake Griffin with Westbrook

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing everything they can to avoid slipping into rebuilding mode now that Kevin Durant has left. If they can convince Russell Westbrook to stay beyond the upcoming season, they will try to bring in another superstar to pair with him. The Thunder rescinded their..." July 20

  • Russell Westbrook ‘Ticked Off’ Kevin Durant Left

    SLAM Online "Russell Westbrook trade rumors dominated the headlines last week as reports came out that the Celtics are a likely destination for the superstar guard. However, Westbrook has not publicly stated that he wants to be anywhere else but OKC. The Thunder front office now face a conundrum: either the..." July 19

  • Examining the tricky case of Russell Westbrook

    The Oklahoman "Back in February 2011, Carmelo Anthony, a soon-to-be free agent, was on the block. He'd made clear his intentions to leave Denver in the offseason. The Nuggets weren't a contender. So a trade seemed to make sense for both sides, finding Carmelo a new home while jumpstarting a Denver..." July 18

  • Report: Celtics have not discussed Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin ‘in quite some time’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics continue to be linked to big names, but it sounds like any moves remain far off. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported Thursday that, while the Celtics have had interest in the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, nothing is imminent and no..." July 15