SJ - December 14, 2020
Johnny Wilkes claims he's Kawhi Leonard's friend and that he helped the Clippers land him in free agency last year. He also claims that Clippers executive Jerry West agreed to pay him $2.5 million if he was able to convince Kawhi to sign
Wilkes hasn't been paid and is now suing for his $2.5 million. As if all of that wasn't enough, he is taking credit for the entire plan that resulted in Kawhi picking the Clippers.
From TMZ Sports:
It's all in a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports ... in which Johnny Wilkes spells out how he agreed to work with West for a small fortune in exchange for help getting Kawhi in a Clippers uni.
Wilkes says back on April 10, 2019, he met West at Staples Center and informed the Clippers' executive board member he had close ties to Kawhi and Kawhi's uncle, Dennis Robertson.
Wilkes says he and West exchanged contact information ... and a few weeks later, in June, West asked Wilkes for help in courting Kawhi to Los Angeles.
This is all incredible. I would love for it to all be true, but I can't help but think that it's the result of quarantine brain.
My favorite part is the guy taking credit for the entire plan to sign Kawhi. I mean it's one thing to say you're owed money for helping convince the highest profile free agent at the time to sign with a team. But claiming you came up with the whole plan is next level.
Wilkes says he told West and the Clippers they needed to get Paul George first and foremost to hook Kawhi. He then says he helped connect West with Kawhi's uncle.
Wilkes also claims in the suit he gave West a specific gameplan for how the Clippers should pitch Kawhi during an important meeting with West, Leonard, Doc Rivers and others in July 2019.
Even if these claims turn out to be false I'm a huge fan of this guy. Go big or go home, right?