NBA

Russell Westbrook.

Report: Russell Westbrook is 'ticked off' with Kevin Durant; determined with OKC

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Russell Westbrook's future has been the biggest issue gripping the NBA ever since Kevin Durant opted to join the Golden State Warriors.

For the first time in his career, the All-Star point guard will be without the small forward in Oklahoma City and there has been a lot of suggestion that the organisation could move him on before next summer to avoid a repeat of 2016; you know, once bitten, twice shy.

Westbrook is an unrestricted free agent in 2017 and rumours have been bounded about that the Boston Celtics and L.A. Lakers are heavily interested in his services.

Article continues below

There were even reports from an anonymous league source that the triple-double machine would 'a hundred percent' leave the franchise within the next 12 months. However, according to The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater, who spends a lot of time around the organisation, Russ is ready and prepared for the challenge that awaits him.

"Westbrook has given the Thunder no indication that he currently wants out. To the contrary, one source described him as ticked off about the Kevin Durant departure, determined for this new challenge and eager for the season to start: He's ready."

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Seven

The California native has experienced leading the franchise without KD before. When the now-Warriors player missed most of 2014/15 with injury, the mantle was thrust upon the guard and he failed to help OKC reach the playoffs.

However, it will be different this time. Westbrook is a much better player than two years ago. His overall game has come on leaps and bounds, and he is ready to lead the franchise into the top eight and possibly further.

What the future after that holds is still undecided. The Lakers fancy their chances, so do Boston, so will a lot of other teams. But loyalty may be the order of the day for the 27-year-old.

Article continues below

Topics:
NBA
Western Conference
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again