Russell Westbrook RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • 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

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