Kevin Durant Announces He Will Sign With The Golden State Warriors

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Kevin Durant is headed to the Bay!

After weeks of anticipation, Durant announced his decision to sign with The Golden State Warriors in an open letter in The Players’ Tribune. “The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction.,” he said. “But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”

The former MVP and seven-time All-Star will sign a 2-year, $54 million contact, with a player option for a second year, according to USA Today. During his brief time as a free agent, Durant and his representatives from Roc Nation Sports took meetings with the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and the Thunder in the Hamptons from Friday through Sunday.

While every team did their best to persuade the small forward to join their respective teams, none were more hopeful than Oklahoma City, Durant’s home for the past nine years. From their competitive edge on the financial front to almost a decade of shared history, the Thunder did everything in their power to keep their star player.

Ultimately, Durant decided to join arguably the best team in the league because he thinks it’s his best opportunity to win a title. Many were quick to criticize his decision and the NBA for letting the move happen, arguing that the Warriors just became a “super team” when a similar trade that would send Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011 was blocked by the NBA to a “super team” from being created.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti expressed the team’s disappointment and gratitude over Durant’s departure in a statement.

“Kevin made an indelible mark on the Thunder organization and the state of Oklahoma as a founding father of this franchise,” Presti said. “We can’t adequately articulate what he meant to the foundation of this franchise and our success. While clearly disappointing that he has chosen to move on, the core values that he helped establish only lead to us thanking him for the many tangible and intangible ways that he helped our program.”

The 2016-17 NBA season is still about four months away, but people are clearly going to be talking about it a lot between now and then.

(Photo Credit: Kevin Durant/Instagram)