Kevin Durant didn’t take into consideration Russell Westbrook’s future with Oklahoma City Thunder while making his decision in free agency, per a source.
Prior to Durant’s free agency tour, many were expecting the former MVP to consult running mate Westbrook about his plans before reaching a decision. Remember, Westbrook enters free agency next year and could likely leave Oklahoma City, too.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Durant dined with long time Thunder teammates Westbrook and Nick Collison before the free agency period which began on July 1.
Kevin Durant met Westbrook for dinner….
Durant admittedly never discussed Westbrook’s own free agency plans during the dinner. “No, we didn’t talk about (Westbrook’s free agency future). I mean we didn’t really talk about anything at all. I wish him nothing but the best, man,” the 2013-14 MVP told reporters Tuesday during Team USA’s practice camp in Las Vegas.
Some have suggested that Durant wanted to leave Thunder because of Westbrook’s questionable decision-making. In May, the Thunder were up 3-1 against Golden State Warriors in the western conference finals before squandering the opportunity to reach the finals.
During Game 6 of that series, Westbrook committed four turnovers in the last minute-and-a-half.
“Nah, it wasn’t (a factor in leaving OKC),” Durant said, when asked about his dynamic with Westbrook. “I mean obviously (that alleged subplot is) coming out now (that) I’m gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can’t really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man.
“It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That’s where I wanted to play basketball,” added Durant.
Kevin Durant, Westbrook yet to speak
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are yet to speak since the former’s controversial decision to join the Golden State Warriors. However, Durant realizes that he would have to speak with his former teammate at some stage.
“No, not really (we haven’t spoken). Not really. Not in depth. But I’m sure that will happen at some point,” said Durant.
In recent weeks, there have been reports that Westbrook was “ticked off” by Durant’s decision. There’s only one way to settle this: on the court.
Could you imagine the atmosphere in the arena when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook face off when the new NBA season begins?