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ESPN Clarifies Report Of Durant Telling Westbrook He'd Re-Sign With Thunder

Jul 27, 2016 7:44 PM

Royce Young has clarified a remark made in a podcast on Tuesday about what Kevin Durant supposedly said to Russell Westbrook during their dinner before the start of free agency.

"Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant's sitting there at dinner, telling [Westbrook], 'Hey I’m coming back, man. Don't worry about it.' And now Russell Westbrook's kinda been thrown into this in having to decide his future a summer earlier than expected," said Young on Tuesday.

Young writes the impression that Westbrook and Collison had was Durant would re-sign with the Thunder and not leave for the Warriors.

Young also adds that they are not direct quotes meant to be attributed to Durant.

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Jul 27, 2016 4:31 PM

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Draymond Green Didn't Recruit Kevin Durant During Playoffs

Jul 27, 2016 2:59 PM

Draymond Green was pivotal in recruiting Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors, texting him often throughout the season but that largely stopped during the playoffs.

“During the playoffs, it’s a little different," said Green. "More is at stake, so we weren’t talking much and that’s normal. I heard something come out where they said Kevin Durant and Draymond were talking during the playoffs. They were lying. If that makes them feel better about themselves, and when I say ‘them,’ I’m talking about whoever, whoever’s saying it. They’re wrong.

“I was told there were people from the Thunder who were mad that me and KD were talking. I don’t know where the report came from. It came from somewhere. And to be honest with you, I really don’t care where it came from. And if we were talking, we were, but I have to reason to come out and lie and say I wasn’t talking to KD, because if I was can’t nobody do anything about it.”

Green admitted there would have been no chance of Durant signing with the Warriors had the Thunder won the Western Conference Finals.

“When you’re thinking ‘if Kevin Durant and OKC, they beat us in Game 7, or 6, or 5, how can he leave there,” Green said. “He can’t leave there. But we came back, and once we came back, it kinda keeps everything that’s his feelings real. I think it allows him to make whatever decision he wants to make, whereas I think if you go to the Finals it kinda puts a stranglehold on his decision. It kinda makes his decision not his decision.”

“During the playoffs, it’s a little different. More is at stake, so we weren’t talking much and that’s normal. I heard something come out where they said Kevin Durant and Draymond were talking during the playoffs. They were lying. If that makes them feel better about themselves, and when I say ‘them,’ I’m talking about whoever, whoever’s saying it. They’re wrong.
“I was told there were people from the Thunder who were mad that me and KD were talking. I don’t know where the report came from. It came from somewhere. And to be honest with you, I really don’t care where it came from. And if we were talking, we were, but I have to reason to come out and lie and say I wasn’t talking to KD, because if I was can’t nobody do anything about it.”

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: Kevin Durant Told Russell Westbrook He'd Re-Sign With Thunder

Jul 27, 2016 11:47 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to sign Russell Westbrook to a contract extension this summer following the departure of Kevin Durant. 

Westbrook is being pressed to decide his future in 2016 instead of 2017 but he reportedly does not want to be traded this offseason.

"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," said Royce Young.

Westbrook can go back into free agency in 2018 by signing an extension with a player option.

"In some ways, (Westbrook) feels personally betrayed," added Young about the departure of Durant.

"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 the organization has felt a little bit burned by this."

If Westbrook doesn't sign an extension, Young expects the Thunder to strongly consider trading him before the start of the season.

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Victor Oladipo Looking For Max Extension From Thunder

Jul 26, 2016 2:41 PM

Victor Oladipo was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason just as he became eligible for an extension from his rookie deal.

Oladipo was the second overall pick in 2013 out of Indiana.

Oladipo is currently seeking an extension from the Thunder.

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Russell Westbrook 'Angry, Hurt' By Kevin Durant's Departure

Jul 26, 2016 11:44 AM

Since Kevin Durant announced he would sign with the Golden State Warriors, he hasn't spoken with Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is reportedly "both angry and hurt not only by Durant's decision to leave but also because Durant didn't even call to tell him personally."

Westbrook thought Durant was going to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder and found out his decision online as did everyone else.

Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Was Looking For New Home In OKC One Week Before Free Agency

Jul 25, 2016 7:31 PM

Kevin Durant was in a suburb of Oklahoma City called Nichols Hills just one week before the start of free agency reportedly "seriously looking to buy a multi-million dollar home."

The Oklahoma City Thunder were surprised by Durant's decision to leave the franchise to sign with the Golden State Warriors as every indication led them to believe he would re-sign.

Durant reportedly "assured people he was coming back."

Durant announced his decision to sign with the Warriors on July 4th.

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Russell Westbrook Not Seeking Trade From Thunder

Jul 25, 2016 7:17 PM

Russell Westbrook does not want the Oklahoma City Thunder to trade him this offseason, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Westbrook wants to play this coming season with the Thunder but he is unsure about his future beyond that in 2017 when he becomes a free agent.

But Westbrook will give serious thought to signing an extension with the Thunder.

Teams have called the Thunder about Westbrook but they've consistently said he's not available.

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Cameron Payne Undergoes Surgery On Broken Foot

Jul 25, 2016 7:15 PM

Cameron Payne underwent a successful procedure to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Selected in the lottery of the 2015 NBA Draft (No. 14 overall) out of Murray State, Payne averaged 5.0 points, 1.9 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 57 games during his rookie season. Payne recently topped all scorers in the Orlando Summer League, averaging 18.8 points to go along with 4.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds in four games.  

Payne is expected to be ready for the start of 2016-17 season.

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Dion Waiters Agrees To Two-Year, $6M Deal With Heat

Jul 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Dion Waiters has agreed to sign with the Miami Heat on a two-year, $6 million deal. Waiters will hold a player option in Year 2.

The Heat can sign Waiters with their Room MLE.

Waiters could have previously signed the $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Thunder at any point until it was withdrawn on July 18th.

Several teams expressed interest in Waiters at the start of free agency but expected the Thunder to match an offer sheet.

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Westbrook's Own Free Agency Wasn't Discussed During Durant Meeting
Kevin Durant insists Russell Westbrook wasn't a factor in his decision to leave the Thunder.

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Kevin Durant Didn't Leave His Bed For Two Days After His Decision
Kevin Durant is currently preparing for the Olympics with his Team USA teammates.

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Dion Waiters Met With Nets Before Becoming UFA
The Nets appear unwilling to change their stance on signing him since Dion Waiters became unrestricted.

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Thunder Hope To Pair Blake Griffin With Russell Westbrook In 2017
Blake Griffin is a native of Oklahoma but he's spent his entire NBA career with the Clippers.

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Thunder Rescind Qualifying Offer To Dion Waiters
With several teams still owning cap space, it is unlikely Dion Waiters re-signs with the Thunder.

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Russell Westbrook 'Controls His Destiny' One Year Before Free Agency
The Thunder haven't given up on the possibility of Russell Westbrook agreeing upon a renegotiated contract that includes an extension.

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Thunder To Sign Alex Abrines to Three-Year, $17M Deal
Alex Abrines was an early second round pick by the Thunder in 2013.

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Russell Westbrook Has Given Thunder No Indication He Would Like Trade
One source described Russell Westbrook as "ticked off" about Kevin Durant's decision to leave in free agency and is eager for the season to start as it will present a new challenge.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Randy Foye, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Randy Foye averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.2 minutes per game with Oklahoma City.

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Celtics Haven't Recently Held Trade Discussions On Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin
Both Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin will be unrestricted free agents in the 2017 offseason.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

GMs Expect Russell Westbrook To Be Traded Before Start Of Season
The Celtics are considered the most likely destination for Russell Westbrook by rival general managers.

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Nets Considering Pursuit Of Dion Waiters
The Nets will likely evaluate whether to pursue Dion Waiters over the next few days.

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Mitch McGary Suspended Five Games For Drug Violation
Mitch McGary played just 72 minutes last season for the Thunder, playing most of the season in the D-League.

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Kevin Durant: I've Got A Short Amount Of Time Left To Play Basketball
Kevin Durant underwent three surgeries on his foot during the 14-15 season in which his entire career was in jeopardy.

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Durant Texted Reporter Wanting To Be Asked At Podium About Criticism From Skip Bayless
Kevin Durant would read frequently read Tweets at his locker after games and one during the playoffs from Bayless particularly "irked him."

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Exec: Westbrook 'Hundred Percent Gone' From Thunder No Matter Durant's Decision
One person close to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook said their relationship is "kind of complicated."

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Durant Initially Put Off By Draymond's Comment Warriors Could Win Titles Even Without Him
A follow-up call from Jerry West smoothed over any issues Kevin Durant may have had.

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Source Speculated Durant Leaving Could Make Westbrook 'More Resolute To Stay'
The Thunder will consider trading away Russell Westbrook if he decides not to agree upon a renegotiated deal for 16-17 with an extension, or at least a commitment to remain long-term.

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Thunder Tried To Persuade Kevin Durant To Cancel Meetings With Other Teams
The Thunder proposed the idea of pursuing Al Horford, who they believed would sign with their team if Kevin Durant would commit to a long-term deal.

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Kevin Durant's Goal In 2015 Was To 'Keep Stacking Chips' In OKC
Kevin Durant was in a walking boot following another surgery on his foot in June of 2015 watching the NBA Finals when he sent out a couple of text messages stating his goal.

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