The Key to Keeping Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City? Russell Westbrook

November 2nd, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

For the last five years, if not longer, the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has been the subject of fascination, speculation, discussion and exaltation. Not since Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant were brought together for a Los Angeles Lakers three-peat have two of the NBA's preeminent talents wound up on the same squad while still on the upswing of their respective careers.

As much as the Shaqobe power couple accomplished on the court, there remains a sense they could've won even more, that they may have left another title or two on the table. O'Neal and Bryant certainly felt that way, if their conversation on the former's podcast over the summer was any indication.

The Oklahoma City Thunder's precocious pairing could go the way of its more successful predecessor next summer. Come July 2016, Durant can take his prodigious talents wherever his heart desires—and wherever there's sufficient cap space for him.

Convincing KD to keep his roots set in the Sooner State will require a group effort on the Thunder's part. But no one player in OKC will be more pivotal to that effort than Westbrook.

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