Russell Westbrook's future is still unclear. It appears the Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing to make one final run at their All-Star point guard in an attempt to secure his future, but the sounds coming out of his camp have been very minimal.
He, like almost everyone in the league, believed Kevin Durant would stay put, but the forward's decision has left the superstar in limbo. The relationship between the two was always on edge on the court, but it has taken a turn for the worst off it.
According to a report from ESPN's Royce Young, Westbrook is 'angry' and 'hurt' by the fact that KD didn't take the time to let him know about his decision despite the duo having spent eight years of their professional careers together.
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Young wrote: "Westbrook is taking time not just to figure out his next steps, but also to lick his own wounds. Reports have come out suggesting Westbrook's style of play influenced Durant to leave, though Durant publicly denied that in Las Vegas recently. The two have not spoken since Durant's decision.
"Those close to Westbrook say he's both angry and hurt not only by Durant's decision to leave but also because Durant didn't even call to tell him personally. Westbrook wasn't prepared to be in this position — three weeks ago, like everyone else, he thought Durant was coming back. And he had to learn the hard way he wasn't."
Westbrook - if he remains with OKC - will be returning to a very different dressing room next season. Serge Ibaka, who had spent seven years alongside Russ, is also gone and Victor Oladipo comes in to compete for the shooting guard position.
There is evidently talent remaining on the roster, but in a stacked Western Conference it could be a tough season.