Neither Kevin Durant nor Russell Westbrook can leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency for the next few seasons, but that doesn’t mean a few NBA general managers aren’t convinced that one of them will be on the move down the road.
Citing the difficulty of sharing the spotlight, according to Ric Bucher, a handful of GM’s believe one of the two will eventually depart Oklahoma City for greener pastures.
It may be wishful thinking, but several GMs are still convinced Westbrook and Durant will go their separate ways, the challenge of sharing top billing in a market as small as Oklahoma City being too much for them.
It’s not outlandish to think such could happen, but there aren’t many better markets (in terms of fan support) than OKC and the Thunder have a good thing going. Add all that up and you have a situation where either player leaving seems like GM’s wanting it to happen rather than it actually going down.
For what it’s worth, Durant will become a free agent after the 2015-16 season while Westbrook will become a free agent after the 16-17 season.