Russell Westbrook has never been scared to call out a reporter and a heated exchange involving the Los Angeles Lakers guard gave some insight about a rumor that linked the former MVP to the Clippers.

The report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN centered around Kawhi Leonard recruiting Westbrook to LA in 2019, only to spurn him and link up with his former Thunder teammate Paul George instead.

According to multiple sources, Leonard then called Westbrook’s teammate in Oklahoma City, Paul George, and told him he’d rather team up with him on a homecoming.


When the Lakers faced the Clippers this week it brought up some questions about that story, considering it was the first time Westbrook — and LA native — was talking part in the rivalry matchup. When asked about the report, Westbrook was thoroughly standoffish.