Russell Westbrook has been radio silent since Kevin Durant announced he was consciously uncoupling from their 8 year working relationship. Although Durant and Westbrook have always presented a narrative of a close friendship, reports have surfaced that Westbrook was a no-show at Durant’s free agent summit in the Hamptons. Steph Curry, on the other hand, was actively recruiting Durant at the in person meeting and lobbying him via text after.
On today’s “Good Read or Bad Read?”, Jason and Colin looked at whether Westbrook’s inaction in the free agency process contributed to Durant’s departure, or whether the cake was already baked before the process started.
Colin thinks Durant was tired of trying to coexist with Westbrook after 8 years, and nothing Westbrook could have done in the free agency period would have created a different outcome.
“I’ve never thought this relationship is as rosy as what I’m told. A lot of guy like James Harden, they just don’t like playing with him. I never thought KD liked playing with an erratic, dynamic 43% shooter who leads the NBA in dribbling seven times before his shots.”
Whitlock also thinks Westbrook wearing down Durant over time was a larger contributing factor in KD leaving than not Westbrook not weekending in the Hamptons.
“The recruiting process to me started in the Western Conference Finals. They led at halftime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. And then Westbrook in the second half played a different style of basketball than he played in the first half. He reverted to who he was.”
Whatever Durant’s motivation, the end result is he chose chasing titles in Oakland rather than make another run with the Westbrook and the Thunder.
Now the Thunder must decide if they should trade Westbrook and start a complete overhaul, or play the entire season and hope he doesn’t split when he hits free agency next year.
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