When Kevin Durant decided to sign with the Warriors in early July, it caught a bunch of people by surprise. But if you believe what ESPN.com reporter Royce Young is reporting right now, no one was more surprised about it than Russell Westbrook.
That's because, according to Young, KD told his teammate of eight seasons that he would re-sign with the Thunder just days before he decided to sign with Golden State. The two were reportedly eating dinner together when KD told him about his decision. Here's what Young said on the True Hoop podcast on Tuesday:
"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 also said Westbrook wasn't the only one in Oklahoma City who was under the impression that KD was coming back. KD apparently told other people in the Thunder organization that he was going to re-sign, too, and Young said KD was even 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."
Previously, we've heard that Westbrook was "angry and hurt" that KD didn't even bother to call him up and tell him he was leaving the Thunder. And now, we might know why KD couldn't ultimately make the call.