- Kevin Durant decided to leave Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors
- Durant was offered a 2-year contract worth $54.3 million
- The contract will be finalized on July 7 once the league-wide moratorium on signings and trades has been lifted
In a surprising turn of events, Kevin Durant has finally decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Steph Curry and Klay Thompsons’s 73-win Golden State Warriors.
“This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices,” Durant said in a post on The Player’s Tribune. “With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”
The NBA superstar met with a total of 6 teams in the past three days: Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, and the OKC Thunder.
Durant’s decision has been the most anticipated move of the summer. The 2014 MVP and 4-time scoring champion led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, which makes him the biggest catch on the free-agent market.
Adding Durant, one of NBA’s best players, improves Golden State’s chances of getting back on top next year; after the team set their 73-win record but fell short and lost to Cleveland.
Once the deal closes, we can expect a 4-headed monster in the court next year from the Golden State with Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green, and Durant as a new addition. There has been no more offensively gifted or versatile team in the history of the NBA, that may alter the league’s power structure.
Durant is expected to sign a 2-year contract worth $54.3 million, sources told ESPN. The contract will be finalized on July 7, when the league-wide moratorium is lifted on signings and trades.