Kevin Durant has faced a lot of questions about his final weeks with the Oklahoma City Thunder following his switch the Golden State Warriors during free agency.
There have been many reports about his split with the franchise he'd called home for nine seasons; it was reported Russell Westbrook was angry he had not been called by KD about his decision, while it was also claimed the forward had lied to his All-Star teammate.
There was a suggestion that the 2014 MVP had told Westbrook he would be re-signing with the Thunder before changing his mind, a claim Durant heavily denies.
Speaking to The Vertical, the 27-year-old said: “It’s false. I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
Durant has turned into a pantomime villain of sorts since he decided to move to the Bay and has seen his image change completely over the past month. His decision was criticised by a number of former players while fans have also made their frustrations clear.
He was booed at the Staples Center while playing for the USA before receiving a hero's welcome at the Oracle Arena - a sign of things to come in the future. It will be interesting to see the reception he gets upon his first return to OKC.