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Kevin Durant and Draymond Green's relationship caused friction with OKC, says Woj

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People around the NBA are still coming to terms with the news that Kevin Durant has left the Oklahoma City Thunder and is set to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.

The Western Conference champions have added another superstar to their ranks as they look to wrestle the Larry O'Brien trophy back from the Cleveland Cavaliers next season.

Durant's decision to leave OKC after nine years sent shockwaves through the league and many stories have arisen about the nature of his final year at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

One story in particular that caught the eye came from Adrian Wojnarowski, who claims that Russell Westbrook was not impressed by KD's relationship with Draymond Green during the Western Conference Finals series.

Green was a source of much controversy during the seven-game series as he kicked Steven Adams in the groin twice but avoided any serious repercussions from the NBA for his supposed flailing.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Seven

Woj is a man with his ear to the ground and whenever he talks people tend to listen, so his assertion that Westbrook was not keen on the pair's buddy-buddy relationship holds some ground.

A transcript from The Vertical podcast read: “And there’s no question, 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.

"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.’”

Having spurned a 3-1 series lead, it seems Durant's relationship with Green may have played a part in what has ensued over the past week. Nobody really expected the small forward to choose the Warriors, but whatever was said by numerous people involved with the Dubs clearly impressed him.

The 2014 MVP will be officially unveiled by the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at 9 p.m. CET and will have a chance to bond even further with two of his new teammates, Green and Klay Thompson, during the Olympics as they look to secure gold for the United States of America.

For Westbrook, the future now looks very different. He will assume the mantle of leader in the OKC locker room if he is not traded beforehand. The point guard is a free agent next summer and the franchise will want to avoid a repeat of the previous seven days.

An NBA executive recently said it was 'a hundred percent' certain that he would leave Oklahoma next year, so the organisation may want to cash-in now.

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Kevin Durant

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