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Kevin Durant insists everything is cool between him and Russell Westbrook

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Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors is undoubtedly the biggest news of the summer, and with every passing day new details about the blockbuster switch seem to emerge.

The media have painted the picture that KD and his former teammate, Russell Westbrook, had a fractious relationship in Oklahoma and was one of the primary reasons he sought pastures new.

After clearly standing side-by-side for so long, that's a narrative many have found hard to swallow.

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At his introductory press conference, the newest Warriors recruit moved to put those rumours to bed and insisted he talked things through with his All-Star friend before making his decision.

"I talked to [Russell]," Durant said. "Obviously, it was tough. We were teammates for so long. Had a lot of great memories. I'm sure he wasn't happy about the decision, but he respected it as my friend.

"The relationship was great. We had great years, man. That's something that you'll never take away from us."

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It was purely a basketball decision for KD, and he believes that Westbrook can understand that the competitor in him had to do this

"Like I said, I wanted a new chapter in my life," Durant continued. "I felt like it was time for it, and I made this decision. I couldn't consider, totally, everybody's feelings at this point, because it'd be hard to.

"I just tried to focus on me, but also realise the relationship that I had. I'm sure they won't be the same, but I still wanted to go out there and leave with some class and some dignity. Hopefully I did, hopefully he understands, and I'm sure we'll talk again."

Topics:
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

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