Report: Durant was frustrated over offensive issues with Westbrook
Kevin Durant had issues with the Oklahoma City offense last season, which played a role in his decision to leave the Thunder for the Warriors, reports Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.
Durant announced Monday he will sign with the Warriors after nine seasons with the Thunder. Beck reports Durant wanted a more ball-movement oriented offense in Oklahoma City, and was also “frustrated” over recurring issues with Russell Westbrook, who often had the ball over Durant.
“Ultimately he got frustrated and felt that they had plateaued,” a source told Beck about Durant. “[Billy Donovan] came in, and he still had the same issues that he had with Russ under [Scott Brooks]. The offense didn't change much. He still had to take a ton of contested shots every game; and that's when he had the ball at all.”
Beck reports Durant is a fan of Warriors coach Steve Kerr’s “flowing offensive system,” which will likely place a small burden on Durant.
The Warriors are expected to sign Durant to a two-year, $54.3 million deal when players can sign contracts on July 7.
Durant, a four-time scoring champion and former MVP, has averaged 27.4 points per game in his career.