Now that Kevin Durant has actually departed from the Oklahoma City Thunder, we're still learning more about the NBA team that's arguably been shrouded in the most secrecy over the last half decade or so.
Little was said of Serge Ibaka's discontent with his role in OKC until he was traded to the Orlando Magic. And now that Durant has joined with the Golden State Warriors, we're learning more about his less-than-ideal playing relationship with Russell Westbrook.
During the Western Conference Finals, while Draymond Green was taking every opportunity to seemingly blatantly attempt to injure Thunder players like Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Westbrook, and even Durant himself, the team's point guard was upset by Durant's relationship with the player who would eventually be suspended a game for his violence in the playoffs.
“I know Russell (Westbrook) was bothered by—and some other teammates were too—of, like, there was some knowledge there that Draymond (Green) was in contact with Kevin (Durant) all season long," Adrian Wojnarowski said on a recent episode of The Vertical Pod, "and they’re in a playoff series and I know there was some conversation around the Thunder team of ‘Hey man, this guy kicked Steven Adams in the nuts twice in this series and what are you doing hanging out with this guy? What’s the relationship? We’re trying to beat these guys.’”
Green was instrumental in recruiting Durant to the Warriors, playing a major role in the team's pitch to the 2014 MVP.
“We asked him how many championships do you think we can win with the way the team is now?" Green said of the meeting. "How many championships can you win without us? How many do you think we can win together?”
Before sharing the floor in Oakland, Durant, Green, and Klay Thompson will play for Team USA together at the Olympics in Rio this summer.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to add one of the best players in the world to our team and welcome him to our brotherhood,” Green said of Durant's joining Golden State. “This will be some of the best times of our lives and I’m looking forward to it.”