Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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. Bovada.lv'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

    NBA.com "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

  • 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