Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 The Thunder rescinded their..."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

  • Russell Westbrook’s Contract Is Potential Issue For Celtics

    NESN "Any time there’s a chance to acquire a top-five NBA player such as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook via trade, it should be pursued. The Celtics, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, are the “most likely destination” for Westbrook if the Thunder actually decide to move..." July 14

  • Considering Russell Westbrook's future after Kevin Durant broke his Thunder buddy's heart

    Yahoo! Sports "If you were Robin, and Batman was like, “Hey, man, it’s been fun, but I think I’m going to go and join the Avengers now, so I guess I’ll see you later,” you’d probably be like, “Hey, what the hell, Batman?” So, you can imagine how Russell Westbrook feels after Thunder teammate Kevin Durant left..." July 14

  • Russell Westbrook likely to be traded; Celtics the frontrunner

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Oklahoma City Thudner believe Russell Westbrook is going to leave next summer in free agency, the best thing they can do is trade him and get something in return. One report indicates Westbrook may have already played his last game in OKC. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report spoke to multiple..." July 14

  • Kevin Durant on Russell Westbrook: “Our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The level of tension between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook often was overstated — they got along well. They weren’t Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble close, and the two alpha’s had some tension on the court at points, but their relationship was better than plenty of other star duos in the..." July 13

  • Westbrook Trade Could Come 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

    Bleacher Report "When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, he also left a huge vacancy on the OKC roster. In the wake of KD's departure, Russell Westbrook might soon follow suit. But will it happen sooner or later? Will the Thunder trade him to get something in return?..." July 13

  • Lakers think they can sign Russell Westbrook next summer

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Los Angeles Lakers continue to aim high for their free agents. ESPN’s Chris Broussard told MSG recently that the Lakers firmly believe they can lure Russell Westbrook back to southern California as a free agent in the summer of 2017. “The Lakers think they can sign him,” Broussard said...." July 12

  • Thunder not shopping Russell Westbrook 'in the short term'

    The Oklahoman "What is the Thunder going to do with Russell Westbrook? With Kevin Durant off to Golden State, the question has been raised as to whether or not the Thunder should trade Westbrook and begin the rebuilding process. Westbrook hasn't given any indication publicly as to what his thoughts are on..." July 11

  • Report: Westbrook ‘determined’ to lead Thunder, is not available for trade

    Larry Brown Sports "It sounds like you can pump the brakes on those Russell Westbrook trade rumors. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski told “The Herd” on Friday that he has heard Westbrook is embracing the challenge of leading the Oklahoma City Thunder after Kevin Durant’s departure and will not be traded. “I..." July 08

  • Kevin Durant says Russell Westbrook 'respected' decision to leave Thunder

    USA Today "At Kevin Durant's Golden State Warriors introductory press conference on Thursday, he informed the media that he has, in fact, spoken to former teammate Russell Westbrook since making the decision to part ways with the team where he spent all nine of his NBA seasons. A decision that, although..." July 07

  • Russell Westbrook Is The Most Realistic Lakers Free Agency Target In Years

    Lakers Nation "By now, fans of the Los Angeles Lakers are tired of all the free agency rumors which never turn out to be true. Every year, there is wild speculation that every top player in the league wants to join the Lakers. Sophisticated fans are no longer fooled: they know the Lakers are not in a position to..." July 07

  • Exec: Westbrook '100% Gone' From Thunder No Matter Durant's Decision

    Real GM Basketball "The basketball relationship of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played a part in the former's decision to leave the Golden State Warriors for the Oklahoma City Thunder. One person close to Durant and Russell Westbrook said their relationship is “kind of complicated.” Said another Western..." July 06

  • Frustration with Westbrook Sent Durant Fleeing, Opens Door to Trouble for NBA

    Bleacher Report "A 27-year-old man, one of the best in the world at his profession, chose a new employer on Monday. He framed the decision in terms that any ambitious young person would understand. He spoke of his "evolution," and "potential for growth," a yearning to leave his "comfort zone." If Kevin..." July 05

  • Four potential trade destinations for Russell Westbrook

    Sportsnaut "With the shocking news that Kevin Durant has decided to join the Golden State Warriors, it’s not unrealistic to conclude that his old Oklahoma City Thunder squad is in panic mode. Not only did Durant leave a team that he’s played for over the past nine seasons, he joined the organization that..." July 05

  • Report: Westbrook will not renegotiate his contract

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder could very well end up leading to the team’s other star player to leave the franchise as well. Russell Westbrook, who was drafted by the Thunder a year after Durant, will see his contract expire after next season. A report said the..." July 05

  • Thunder May Trade Westbrook If He Doesn’t Sign An Extension

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder potentially have a major decision to make with Russell Westbrook after the departure of Kevin Durant. One option the team is considering is attempting to renegotiate and extend the contract of Westbrook before he can become a free agent after next season, sources told..." July 04

  • Thunder Should Trade Russell Westbrook, Lakers Feel Like Good Fit

    The Big Lead "Sitting around a cabin by the lake in northern Wisconsin with a big group of friends, our conversation immediately got hijacked by the Kevin Durant to the Warriors news. After the initial talk of how formidable this makes Golden State and who – if anyone – can beat them next season, the next..." July 04

  • J.R. Smith Thinks LeBron James and Russell Westbrook Deserved to Win MVP Over Stephen Curry

    Complex "Stephen Curry deserved to be the NBA's Most Valuable Player this year. Just look at the voting numbers: he was the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. One would argue there was not much room for interpretation; I mean, literally every single reporter voted for him. J.R. Smith, however, has his own..." June 11

  • Russell Westbrook will not play in 2016 Rio Olympic Games

    Welcome To Loud City "On Friday afternoon, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook officially announced he will not compete in this summer's Olympic Games. The All-NBA team member cited his decision was difficult, but made in the best interest of his family. Westbrook joins a star-studded lineup of U.S. Men's National..." June 11

  • Russell Westbrook: Thunder must become mentally tougher to take next step

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder, by all accounts, should be playing in the NBA Finals right now. One of their stars knows that, and he knows that they need to work on their mental game if they want to get there next season. Russell Westbrook said that, while the Thunder have made strides in that..." June 04

  • Curry on Westbrook: 'I could care less about people's opinion of me'

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook couldn't contain his laughter when asked about Stephen Curry being underrated as a defender following a 120-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 on Thursday. Westbrook's snickering didn't seem to faze the league's back-to-back Most..." May 28

  • Why would Westbrook, Durant take shots at Curry?

    USA Today "If Russell Westbrook is a tornado, as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr described the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard recently, then Stephen Curry is a basketball earthquake. He simmers beneath the surface before the eruption comes, the force unleashed by all those shifts in the soil..." May 28

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have fun with question about Stephen Curry’s defense

    Washington Post "The saying goes that a picture paints a thousand words. The video of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant attempting to respond to a question about Stephen Curry’s defense, however, said much more than that. Following Thursday night’s 120-111 win for the Golden State Warriors over the Oklahoma..." May 27

  • The Thunder Came Very Close to Drafting Brook Lopez Over Russell Westbrook in 2008

    Complex "If the Thunder didn’t have Russell Westbrook on their team right now, there’s a pretty good chance they wouldn’t be up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. Hell, if the Thunder didn’t have Russell Westbrook on their team right now, there’s a pretty good chance they wouldn’t..." May 25

  • Green explains kick, cites Westbrook 'acting'

    ESPN "Draymond Green repeated his assertion that his kick to the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was accidental, while also pushing back against Russell Westbrook's statement that he thought the kick was intentional. "You know Russell [Westbrook] said I did it on purpose, but he's..." May 23

  • The NBA Admitted That Russell Westbrook Traveled During A Crucial Moment Of Game 1

    Dime Magazine "On Monday night, the Oklahoma City Thunder stunned the Golden State Warriors with a 108-102 Game 1 victory at Oracle Arena, stealing home-court advantage in the Western Conference Finals. But instead of talking about that, everybody is talking about a controversial missed call in the final..." May 17

  • Russell Westbrook on guarding Steph Curry: 'He's not nothing I haven't seen'

    CBS Sports "Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry is the first unanimous MVP winner in NBA history and just completed a regular season where he was the first scoring leader to reach the 50-40-90 club. Or in Curry's case, the 50-45-90 club as he shot 50.4 percent from the floor, 45.4 percent from..." May 16

  • Russell Westbrook takes blame for Tony Parker having wide open shot

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder had an embarrassing defensive breakdown late in their Game 3 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night, and Russell Westbrook is taking the blame for it. With less than five minutes remaining and the score tied, Tony Parker was given the ball in transition and..." May 07

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Argued on Sidelines as Thunder's Lead Dwindled

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook arguing on the sidelines is the type of thing that will be nothing if the Thunder pull out the game, and something if they do not. Leading San Antonio 85-76 midway through the fourth quarter, OKC gave up two quick three-pointers to Danny Green, and the lead..." May 03

  • Russell Westbrook Tells Mavericks Fan & His Wife To "Shut The F*ck Up"

    Black Sports Online "Not sure what the guy said to Westbrook, it is unclear on the audio. Whatever it was it provoked Westbrook to tell the fan to STFU (shut the f*ck up). He was fined for $25k for cursing at the fan." April 26

  • Westbrook, KD roast Villanueva: 'Might not be in the league' next year

    Hoops Hype "Mavs forward Charlie Villanueva took to disrupting Russell Westbrook‘s pre-game routine, which involves some dancing, during the Dallas-Oklahoma City series. He did it again Monday night. Westbrook, who dropped 36 points in the final contest of the series, was asked about it after the game and..." April 26

  • Durant on Mark Cuban: 'He's an idiot'

    SLAM Online "After hearing about Mark Cuban’s comments about teammate Russell Westbrook’s superstardom status, Kevin Durant made sure his words were loud and clear regarding the Mavericks’ owner. Listen to what KD said after OKC finished off Dallas: " April 26

  • Mark Cuban Says Kevin Durant Is the Only Superstar on the Thunder

    Complex "If Russell Westbrook goes off in Game 4 tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, blame Mark Cuban. After a string of solid performances in their series by Westbrook which included back-to-back games of 25+ points and 15+ assists, Cuban told ESPN's Tim McMahon that Russ' teammate Kevin Durant is the..." April 26

  • NBA fines Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant for Game 4 violations

    ESPN "The NBA has fined Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for violations in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series with the Mavericks. Westbrook was fined $25,000 on Sunday for directing inappropriate language at a fan in Dallas after he was fouled by Salah Mejri on a..." April 24

  • Dirk glad Westbrook stuffed him: 'I probably woulda got hung on the rim'

    Uproxx "Dirk Nowitzki was the unfortunate victim of Russell Westbrook’s athleticism in Game 3, with Westbrook viciously blocking Dirk’s dunk attempt. It was a spectacular moment for Westbrook, and a depressing one for Dirk…or was it? As Dirk told Tim McMahon of ESPN, Westbrook’s block might have actually..." April 22

  • Thunder's Russell Westbrook is sick and tired of talking about dancing

    CBS Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks are tied 1-1 in their first-round playoff series, and Kevin Durant had a historically awful shooting night on Monday. All anyone wants to talk about, though, is Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva (and Justin Anderson, but the rookie has largely gone..." April 20

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    Durant on Villanueva's pregame dance interruption: "That's fake sh--."

    Westbrook: "That's for the guys that don't play."

  • Russell Westbrook records second-fastest triple-double in NBA history

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook passed to Anthony Morrow for a historic assist: Air ball. The next Thunder possession, Morrow didn't disappoint. Westbrook passed it right back to him and Morrow swished a 3, giving Westbrook a rare halftime triple-double. “I didn’t know it was to get the triple-double,”..." April 12

  • Russell Westbrook argues with referee, says "I got one daddy"

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook had an eventful visit to Denver on Tuesday night. The Thunder point guard grabbed headlines for registering his 17th triple-double of the season, which tied Magic Johnson for the most in a single season in the past 27 seasons. But before he put a bow on his triple-double,..." April 07

  • Russell Westbrook ties Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles in past 30 years

    ESPN "It took only 27 minutes and three quarters, but Russell Westbrook tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a single season in the past 30 years with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 124-102 romp of the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Westbrook, who was..." April 06

  • Cavs' James, Thunder's Westbrook collect Players of Month honors "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. James ranked second in the East in scoring (25.6 ppg) and fifth in assists (7.1 apg)..." April 05

  • Animosity grows between Reggie Jackson, the Thunder and Russell Westbrook in Detroit win

    The Oklahoman "Reggie Jackson had a late dunk to put Detroit up five. Then Russell Westbrook fumbled away a crucial turnover. A few moments later, Westbrook clawed the Thunder back in it with a desperation three. But Jackson sealed the Pistons' 88-82 win over Oklahoma City on Tuesday night with four clutch..." March 30

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