Kevin Durant Says He's Speaking to Russell Westbrook: 'It's All Love' in the End

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2018

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, keeps the ball from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City. Fans will again get to see games between the former teammates-turned-rivals in 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are officially on speaking terms. The former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates and current members of Team LeBron have had a thawing in their relationship, according to Durant.

"I just got out of my own head & got out of my own way & stopped thinking it was even a thing...It's cool to kind of get past that & appreciate these guys for who they are and what they do. And it's all love at the end of the day," Durant said Saturday, per a tweet from Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports.

Westbrook was less enthusiastic about their newfound communication but confirmed the pair have been talking.

"Communicating, and that's about it. All the other stuff is irrelevant. Just keeping it cool. Talking when we need to," Westbrook said.

Their relationship is apparently at least in a better place than a year ago when Westbrook said the two weren't on speaking terms. The fracture in their relationship was a result of Durant leaving Oklahoma City and joining the Warriors in July 2016.

Western Conference teammates a year ago, Durant and Westbrook largely kept their distance at last year's All-Star Game. LeBron James forced their hand into being teammates once again in the new draft format, which sees players taken in a playground style.

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