Kevin Durant has decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder’s and will join the Golden State Warriors.
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Kevin Durant, the biggest name in this summer’s NBA free agent class, has decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors and will leave the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The decision was announced Monday on The Players’ Tribune, a media platform used by athletes to tell their own stories.
Durant agreed to a two-year, $54 million deal with a player option in the second year, sources told The Vertical.
“This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life,” Durant said of his decision. “I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution asa player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. what I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.”
“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. 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.”
Kevin Durant was considered the top free agent on the market and now joins a team that is coming off back-to-back NBA Finals, a championship in 2015 and a 73-win regular season.
Durant, 27, who has yet to win an NBA championship, will now team up with Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry as well as forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson.
On Monday, Green welcomed Durant to the family via twitter, adding, “Let’s just do what we are setting out to do!”
Durant had played for the same organization his entire career. Coming out of of Texas, he was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2007. The team moved to Oklahoma City and was renamed the Thunder starting in the 2008-2009 season.
“Kevin made an indelible mark on the Thunder organization and the state of Oklahoma as a founding father of this franchise,” Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti said in a statement Monday. “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.”
Despite moving on to a NBA powerhouse team, Durant wrote that he will miss Oklahoma City.
“I’m from Washington, D.C. originally,but Oklahoma City truly raised me,” he said. “It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.”
“It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing as this point in my life and my playing career.”
Kevin Durant, the number two overall pick in the 2007 draft, averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and five assists this past season. He led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012 and was the league’s MVP in 2014. He also has been selected to the US Olympic men’s national team for the Rio Games.
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