Report: KD Told Russ He Was Coming Back

The story keeps getting worse

USA TODAY

Update: Perhaps the Internet has jumped the gun, as Royce Young of ESPN clarified his comments. They were tongue in cheek. He didn’t falsely report, or try to mislead anybody. I hope Twitter lays off of him.


Original Story:

In the latest bit of damning news out of Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City, he apparently told Russell Westbrook he was for sure coming back….four days before announcing he was headed to Golden State.

Via Royce Young on the TrueHoop Podcast:

Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant’s sitting there at dinner, telling him “Hey, I’m coming back, man. Don’t worry about it.” Now Russell Westbrook has been 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.

So — a few things.

As if this story couldn’t get any worse for KD, it seems as though he went out of his way to make this as difficult as possible for the Thunder. He’s telling teammates he will be back, looking for a new home in Oklahoma City… And then he’s gone? I don’t understand his intentions with this, although it legitimately seems as though he just changed his mind at the last second. Which was his right as a free agent…but man.

What exactly happens in a meeting that changes things so drastically? One day he’s ready to settle in for the long haul, four days later he’s releasing a cold, impersonal blog post to announce his departure. Not to mention the report he didn’t call Russell Westbrook to inform him of his decision — you know? The guy he went to war with for eight seasons/told prior that he would be coming back?

I’m aware that no amount of ranting will ever bring KD back to OKC. That’s really not even the point. And somehow, someway I’m still firmly in the “Kevin Durant is not a bad person” camp. Watch the news if you want to see what bad people are like — KD is not one of those people.

But come on. At some point we have to begin moving on, and it’s very difficult to do so when the story keeps getting worse. I hope this latest twist is the last of it so we can start the process of letting go. For the first time in my life I think I’ve heard enough about Kevin Durant.