ESPN's Royce Young clarifies podcast remark on Durant, Westbrook

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There has been a lot of conversation about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder. As I wrote in this story and again in this story: Durant met with Thunder teammates Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison in Los Angeles before he met with teams. The impression that Westbrook and Collison -- and many around Durant -- had was that the coveted free agent would return to the Thunder.

In a TrueHoop podcast on Tuesday, I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.

On the podcast I said, "Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant's sitting there at dinner, telling [Westbrook], 'Hey I’m coming back, man. Don't worry about it.' And now Russell Westbrook's kinda been thrown into this in having to decide his future a summer earlier than expected."

These were not direct quotes meant to be attributed to Durant. It was an attempt to characterize what Westbrook thought his situation was going to be in Oklahoma City and how Durant's leaving impacts his thinking about his future.