Right now, one thing is clear:
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are not on the best of terms.
But according to Kendrick Perkins, the two superstars will fix things eventually.
"I don’t think it’s a real beef there," Perkins told The Oklahoman. "I think it’s just more so maybe feathers being ruffled, just feelings being hurt. I don’t think either one of them got hard feelings. I done been around them for going on four, five years – numerous group messages to dinners to card games to whatever – and I know both of them really care about each other."
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Things got heated last Saturday night during Durant's return to Oklahoma City.
During a timeout, Durant and Westbrook exchanged words as they went towards their respective benches.
"I think more so it’s the outside world that kind of blow it up and keep adding fuel to the fire," Perkins added. "If you look back on it, either one of them never commented and said nothing negative about either one of them.
"I think in due time, they’ll mend. I was just talking to Russ, and Russ don’t have any hard feelings toward KD, and KD feel the same way. So I think in due time, they’ll get back on point where they’re talking again and get that relationship back."
Perkins, Durant and Westbrook were teammates in Oklahoma City from February 2011 to February 2015.
OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.
As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.
“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”
The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.
“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”
While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.
Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.
Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.
If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.
The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.