Reports have surfaced suggesting that Durant told Russell Westbrook and other people close to the Thunder that he wasn’t going to leave Oklahoma City.
Multiple reports came out today stating that Kevin Durant informed Russell Westbrook that he was never going to leave Oklahoma City. Apparently Westbrook and Durant had a conversation over dinner where Durant gave the impression that he was returning to the Thunder before Durant held meetings with other teams. Not only did Durant tell Westbrook that he was coming back, but rumor is he was telling other people close to the Thunder organization that he was going to return. Durant was even looking at multi million dollar houses in Oklahoma City because he was planning on staying for the long haul.
With Durant gone Westbrook is forced decide whether he wants to leave the Thunder which would crumble the entire franchise. If Westbrook left, the Thunder would have to go into a total rebuilding mode. At least they traded for a young star in Victor Oladipo so they would have a solid piece to build the team around. If Westbrook stays he could take advantage of having Oladipo and establish one of the best backcourts in the NBA. With those 2 in the backcourt they would have a shot at making the playoffs. However, the Thunder would still be missing a key big man to make a run similar to the one they made last year where they pushed the Warriors to game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Durant doesn’t seem like the type of guy that would get everyone hopes up by telling them he’s staying then disappear to a different team. However, multiple reports are suggesting that’s exactly what he did and it has left some serious pressure on Westbrook. What would make sense to me is if Durant planned to stay in Oklahoma City until he met with the Warriors. The Warriors knocked their nailed their pitch to Durant so it could have very easily been enough to change his mind about staying in Oklahoma City. Look for Durant and the Warriors to have the best record in the NBA next year. If Westbrook stays in OKC look for him to establish one of the best backcourts with Victor Oladipo.