Kevin Durant will sign with Golden State, he writes on the Players Tribune.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 4, 2016
Kevin Durant will sign a two-year deal with the Warriors at $54.3 million, league sources say, with a Player Option for Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2016
"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."
Durant is taking a two-year deal with a player option after the first so he can maximize his money when the salary cap goes up again. In all likelihood, he's joining Golden State to stay for a long time.
Warriors executive and Hall of Famer Jerry West was able to make one final pitch to Durant over the weekend, selling him on getting more open shots with Golden State’s deadly lineup. Apparently it worked.
KD also met with the Celtics, Heat, Spurs and Clippers, but he chose the organization that likely puts him in the best situation to win a championship.
It will be fascinating to see what happens to former teammate and friend Russell Westbrook next offseason now that Durant is gone. OKC is Westbrook's team now, perhaps he'll embrace that role. But it's hard not to feel bad for the fans.
One thing is for sure, it will be difficult for the other 29 teams to beat the Warriors.