After much speculation in free agency, Kevin Durant has announced his decision — he will join the Golden State Warriors.
The NBA superstar revealed his choice on The Players’ Tribune, calling the process the “most challenging few weeks in my professional life.”
“What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process,” Durant wrote. “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.”
Sources say Durant will sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract, including a player option after the first year.
In the letter, KD expressed his gratitude for OKC and the time he spent there, while acknowledging that his decision will disappoint many.
“I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me,” Durant wrote. “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 at this point in my life and my playing career.”
Durant joins Stephen Curry and the Warriors after nine seasons with the Thunder, where he emerged as one of the league’s biggest stars and earned a 2014 MVP honor.
By joining Golden State, KD joins a contender who missed out on their second straight NBA title, after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Thunder were eliminated by the Warriors in the Conference Finals in seven games.