Monday, July 4, 2016

#NBA NEWS: #KevinDurant is HEADED to the #GoldenStateWarriors! [details]

Kevin Durant has made his DECISION in the wake of his FREE-AGENCY!  Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors.

Saying it has been "by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life," Durant announced his decision Monday in a post on The Players' Tribune.

He is expected to sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The deal would include a player option after the first year.

"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. "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."

After Durant signs with Golden State, two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry will become the fourth-highest-paid player on the Warriors. Durant will be No. 1, followed by Klay Thompson ($16.6 million), Draymond Green ($15.3 million) and Curry ($12.1 million), who can become a free agent after next season.

Durant's contract can be finalized July 7, when a leaguewide moratorium is lifted on signings and trades.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was in Hawaii and learned about Durant joining Golden State via The Players' Tribune website, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

With Durant's decision, the Warriors are unlikely to match the reported four-year, $95 million offer sheet that Harrison Barnes agreed to with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Warriors will also likely move center Andrew Bogut and his 2016-17 contract with a base value of just over $11 million. Just before Durant's Players' Tribune post, Bogut removed references to the Warriors from his Twitter page.

The Thunder were disappointed to hear of Durant's departure and will take some time before making any roster decisions, particularly related to Russell Westbrook's future, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

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