The 2016 NBA free agency marked the end of Kevin Durant’s era in the Oklahoma City Thunder. His decision to join their Western Conference rivals Golden State Warriors to chase for his first NBA championship title ruined his relationship with Russell Westbrook. Is a Durant-Westbrook OKC reunion possible in the future?
The departure of Kevin Durant undeniably hurt the Thunder on both ends of the floor. Though they managed to enter the NBA Playoffs 2017, the Houston Rockets easily eliminated them in the first round. Meanwhile, Durant and the Warriors will advance to the Western Conference Finals after sweeping the Utah Jazz in the second round.
Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant back on speaking terms
Westbrook and Durant were frequently trading shots during the 2016-17 NBA regular season. When the Warriors visited Oklahoma City, the Thunder showed how they hated KD. There were instances where Westbrook and Durant had an altercation.
However, according to former Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, Westbrook and Durant are talking again. Perkins revealed that it started when Westbrook notched his 42nd triple-double of the season to break Oscar Robertson’s record.
“I was trying to figure out a way to make them talk again ‘cuz I felt like the outside world was putting a beef that wasn’t really too serious,” Perkins said on the 2008 Celtics reunion segment of Garnett’s show. “I think the night that Russ (Westbrook) actually broke the (triple doubles in a season) record, I had texted KD the next day … he sent me a text and was like, ‘Hey, man, Russ and I had a nice conversation the other day.”
Perkins’ statements came as a surprise since both superstars aren’t saying anything about having a conversation. When the Thunder suffered an early elimination in the playoffs, Durant posted a picture with cupcakes. Some people perceived his action as a way of taunting Westbrook and the Thunder.
KD returns to OKC Thunder?
Durant is currently focused on winning his first NBA championship title with the Warriors. Meanwhile, the Thunder are planning to give Westbrook a new contract extension this summer. So far, there is no indication whether Durant and Westbrook will still play together in one team. However, Kendrick Perkins believes the KD-Westbrook OKC reunion is possible.
“I just want to let it be known that they’re back on talking terms. You know, the differences aside. I wouldn’t be surprised if KD made a little run, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went back to Oklahoma. Because in my opinion, I don’t think Russ is going nowhere,” Perkins said.
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