Audio: Jerry West allegedly talks recruiting Kawhi Leonard to Clippers, not ‘s***-show’ Lakers
Johnny Wilkes claims Jerry West and the Clippers agreed to pay him to help lure Kawhi Leonard and funnel money to Leonard’s adviser/uncle Dennis Robertson – which would be a flagrant case of salary-cap circumvention.
Wilkes is suing West and the Clippers, alleging they didn’t pay him the $2.5 million they promised.
Part of that lawsuit is a voicemail purportedly from West during Leonard’s 2019 free agency. TMZ obtained the audio.
Sam is Sam Watson, according to TMZ.
If anything, the voicemail seems to support West’s case. He doesn’t sound like someone who promised to pay Wilkes $2.5 million. The offer seems like dinner. That said, Wilkes might claim a $2.5 million offer getting downgraded to dinner is precisely way he’s suing.
But West has reason to be bitter toward the Lakers, and they did look particularly chaotic at the time. West was also right about LeBron James – in delightfully antiquated terms – taking up all the ink in the paper.
However, LeBron has earned so much attention because he’s the type of player who, even amid drama, lifts his teams to such great heights.