NBA rumors out of Oklahoma City Thunder is the free agency status of Kevin Durant. However, with their recent Game 3 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, it appears the talk will now shift to Russell Westbrook, who has once again failed his team in crucial moments as the Thunder dropped to 1-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinals series.
Westbrook is an All-Star and one of the top players in the league. However, the Game 3 loss to the Spurs was another example how he cannot coexist with franchise player Kevin Durant taking bad decisions at the end of game that cost them to lose the homecourt advantage.
The Thunder won Game 2 in San Antonio to steal homecourt but immediately lost it with the Game 3 loss in a close game, 100-96 for the Spurs.
Westbrook was his usual aggressive self shooting 31 times in the game but making only 10 shots for 31 points. Meanwhile, Durant had 26 points but shot efficiently at 10-of-18 shots. Once again, the talking in OKC is who should be the “main man” between Durant and Westbrook and it looks like the latter is taking over for the Thunder again.
This is a bad sign for OKC, who are already dealing with NBA rumors of Durant leaving this summer. Westbrook taking too many shots again at this point of the season will become another distraction in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
With Westbrook taking most of the shots for the OKC squad, the controversial point guard will again be criticized throughout this series and especially if they lost to San Antonio and get eliminated in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Kevin Durant is an unrestricted free agent and will choose his next NBA team this offseason. Depending on Thunder’s success this playoffs, Durant might choose to return to OKC and sign a long-term deal there.
However, if they fail again, the NBA rumors of Durant leaving will hog the headlines. There could be another solution in convincing Durant to stay though and that is to trade Westbrook and acquire players that will make Durant the sole main man and surround him with role players who will not make bad decisions at the end of games.
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