When he decided to sign with the Warriors earlier this month, Kevin Durant shocked everybody with the decision, but none more than now-former teammate Russell Westbrook.
ESPN reporter Royce Young is reporting that no one was more surprised about it the move than Russ, because Durant apparently told him that he was returning to OKC.
According to Young, KD told his teammate of eight seasons that he would re-sign with the Thunder just days before he announced his decision to join Golden State, during a dinner. “Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant’s sitting there at dinner, telling him, ‘Hey, I’m coming back, man. Don’t worry about it.’ And now, Russell Westbrook has been kind of thrown into this in having to decide his future a summer earlier than expected,” Young said on the True Hoop podcast.
Young also said Westbrook wasn’t the only one either. KD apparently told a number of people in the Thunder organization that he was going to re-sign, too. Furthermore, the NBA star was close to closing on a pricey home in the OKC area.
“Kevin Durant, more so than even that, was telling people, ‘Hey, yeah, I mean, I’m coming back.’ Like I said in there, a week before Kevin Durant sat down in the Hamptons, he was in Oklahoma City ready to make an offer on a multi-million-dollar house. So, the guy was pretty serious about coming back, and then things turned rather quickly for him to leave. And there’s no doubt that the organization felt a little bit burned by this.”
At this point, it’s hard to know what the true story is. I guess we’ll have to wait to hear from Westbrook himself, if and when he speaks up.