After a report had surfaced about Russell Westbrook being ticked off about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City for the Golden State Warriors, another report has been released talking about how Kevin Durant outright lied to Westbrook about his return to the Thunder.
During a podcast, ESPN’s Royce Young said, “Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant’s sitting there at dinner, telling him ‘Hey, I’m coming back, man. Don’t worry about it.'”
At that dinner that Young’s talking about were Durant, Westbrook and Nick Collison, all of whom are long-time teammates. Earlier in the week, Young went on to state how Durant was almost dead set on staying, and pretty much changed his mind last minute. According to Young, Durant was “in Oklahoma City ready to make an offer on a multi-million dollar house.”
Then, out of the blue on July 4, Durant’s decision to side with the very team that bounced him out of the Conference Finals nearly broke the internet. In basketball terms, Durant departing shifted the balance of power out West and, essentially, made one contender much more formidable while rendering the other contender a non-contender.
Moreover, Sam Presti and the Thunder moved forward Serge Ibaka on draft night to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis, leaving OKC’s offense a tad less explosive despite the addition of Oladipo.
Westbrook is entering the last year of his contract in 2016-17, and there have already been a bunch of rumors swirling around. He’s told the organization that he doesn’t want to be traded, possibly out of spite to show Durant that they can win without him. Another rumor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, is that the Thunder might attempt to pair Blake Griffin with Russell Westbrook, as Griffin will enter free agency next summer as well.