Rumor has it that Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State because KD didn't like Russell Westrook's ball-dominating style of play.
But any bad blood between the former teammates has more to do with how -- not why -- he departed.
ESPN reports that Westrook was blindsided by the decision, which came shortly after the two had an emotional conversations about their future.
"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 is a free agent after this season, and Durant leaving has suddenly thrown a monkey wrench into his future.
If the bad feelings linger, a sense of revenge could influence where Westbrook ends up in '17-18.