Kevin Durant turned a lot of heads and ruffled a lot of feathers when he spurned the Oklahoma City Thunder, whom he had played for since his rookie year, back when they were still the Seattle SuperSonics. When news broke of his signing with the Golden State Warriors, many had seen him as the most hated man in the NBA since LeBron James made “The Decision” to sign with the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010.

Such vitriol was further amplified when a report claimed Durant told ex-Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison that he wanted to re-sign with OKC. But in a new exclusive from Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical, the controversial superstar debunked that report in no uncertain terms.

Durant made no promises to anyone

“It’s false,” Durant said in his interview with The Vertical’s Shams Charania. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it … I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.”

Durant also told The Vertical that he went through the requisite stepsof the free agency process, again stressing that he didn’t make promises to anyone, and that he didn’t “turn his back” on Westbrook, Collison, and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Aside from the Warriors and the Thunder, Durant also met with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, and San Antonio Spurs before opting for a two-year deal with Golden State.

Durant willing to make 'sacrifices' as a Warrior

In his nine-year NBA career, Durant has racked up averages of 27.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game, leading the league in scoring four times and winning one MVP award. For most of his run with OKC, Durant had been the focal point on offense, never averaging less than 20 points per game in almost a decade with the NBA.

But with the Warriors, the 27-year-old small forward will be playing in a team with two known gunners in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and may have to play less of a role on offense.

“Whether it’s minutes, shots, opportunities, any good team will have players sacrificing,” Durant added to The Vertical, emphasizing that he shouldn’t have much of a problem transitioning to the Warriors.

He said that he always “lets the game flow naturally,” and doesn’t enter a game expecting to get his usual number of shot attempts from the field or from the free throw line.

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