Kevin Durant On Russell Westbrook: ‘Hope He Wasn’t Pressured To Re-Sign’

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Kevin Durant has addressed Russell Westbrook’s decision to return to Oklahoma City Thunder on a three-year contract extension.


Durant, currently with Team USA at the Rio Olympics, told Boston Globe in an interview that he has no intention of holding a grudge with his former teammate.

“I’m happy to see any player in this league do whatever they want to do,” the 2013-14 MVP said when asked about Westbrook’s avoiding the drama of free agency next summer.

Durant hoped that Westbrook wasn’t pressured into an early decision since the athletic point guard was due to become an unrestricted free agent next July. “As long as (Westbrook) wasn’t pressured to do anything; it felt like he did everything he wanted to do and that’s how I feel about every player in this league,” added Durant, who played eight full seasons with Westbrook in OKC.

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Kevin Durant wishes Westbrook well

“If it’s good for him, good for his family, good for the people in Oklahoma City that watch him play and love to have him on their team. I have nothing but positive energy and vibes for everybody. I don’t have no beef with anybody or no ill will on anybody. So if he did want he wanted to do, that’s great for him,” said Durant when asked about his worsening relationship with Westbrook.

Earlier this week, Westbrook dropped a bombshell when he revealed that he heard about Durant’s decision to bolt to Golden State via news outlets and text messages, rather than a personal phone call from his longtime teammate.

“On the news, on the cellphones, the social media. I talked to Kevin (Durant) early on in the process. But nothing after. Just a text message from him, that’s about it,” Westbrook said during Thursday’s press conference to announce his extension with the Thunder.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, arguably the two best players of their generation, appeared together in four conference finals and one NBA Finals. However, they never managed to get past the hump and win the championship. Durant and the Warriors are heavy favorites going into the new season.

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