The 2017 free agency of Russell Westbrook didn't come up when Kevin Durant met with him and Nick Collison for dinner before the start of the offseason.
“No, we didn't talk about (Westbrook’s free agency future),” said Durant. “I mean we didn't really talk about anything at all. I wish him nothing but the best, man.”
Durant insists Westbrook wasn't a factor in his decision to leave the Thunder.
“Nah, it wasn't (a factor in him leaving),” Durant said. “I mean obviously (that alleged subplot is) coming out now (that) I'm gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can't really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man. It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That's where I wanted to play basketball.”
When asked if he had spoken to Westbrook recently after their initial discussion in which Durant shared the news, he said, “No, not really. Not really. Not in depth. But I'm sure that will happen at some point.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently deciding how they should approach Westbrook's final season before he becomes a free agent.