In a move reminiscent of LeBron James’s departure from Cleveland, Kevin Durant is packing up his things and ending his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder in favor of a new team – and undoubtedly a new role – with the Golden State Warriors.
“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,” Durant wrote on The Players Tribune in a piece titled, “My Next Chapter.” “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.”
Joining a loaded roster where reigning MVP, Steph Curry, will become the fourth-highest-paid player on the Warriors – behind Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Greene – the versatile stretch four is expected to lessen the scoring burden on the “Splash Brothers” while also giving coach Steve Kerr another player who can guard multiple positions.
In response to the move, the Warriors are expected to let Harrison Barnes walk in free agency, trade Andrew Bogut, and renounce its rights to Festus Ezeli.
Although he could have gotten more money by staying in OKC, Durant is expected to sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract which includes a player option after the first year.
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