Kevin Durant shocked not only the Oklahoma City Thunder, but all of the basketball world when he decided to sign with the team that beat him in the Western Conference Finals in the Golden State Warriors. It’s not often a superstar leaves the team that drafted him so he can join a super team and leave everyone else in the dust.
It appears that former teammate Russell Westbrook might have been the most shocked though according to ESPN’s Royce Young. On his TrueHoop podcast, Young said that Westbrook was under the impression Durant would be sticking with the Thunder after a dinner meeting the two had before free agency began. Young says it went down something like this:
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.
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.
If I’m Westbrook in this case and had a nice sitdown with Kevin Durant and then I see he signs with Golden State I would be pretty upset too. There would definitely be some hell to pay and when the league eventually schedules those two teams to play on opening night or Christmas Day I am doing everything within my power to get a quadruple-double just to spite Durant.
[h/t Bleacher Report]