Warriors forward Kevin Durant told a Chinese news outlet that his relationship with former teammate Russell Westbrook has been changed forever.
Durant, a four-time scoring champion and former MVP, left the Thunder for the Warriors this off-season after nine years in Oklahoma City. The Thunder drafted Durant with the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
Westbrook, the No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft, had spent his entire NBA career with Durant until this summer.
“I just told [Westbrook], I let him know how I felt,” Durant told Sina. “And you obviously, our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again, but it’s something I wanted to do and I expressed that to him. Hopefully, he respected it.”
One of the reasons Durant chose to leave Oklahoma City was because he reportedly grew frustrated of playing with Westbrook.
Durant signed a two-year, $54.3 million contract to join Golden State. Westbrook can become a free agent after this season, and is reportedly on the trading block.