The debate is over. Kevin Durant has made his decision and will be playing for the Golden State Warriors next year. The seven-time NBA All Star has announced on Monday, July 4, 2016, in a heart filled letter, that he will be taking his talents to the west coast next year. After all the hype and several meetings with other teams, Durant has pulled one of the most stunning free agency moves in history. The deal is expected to be a two-year $54.3 million dollar contract. This comes after just losing to the Warriors as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.In Durant’s letter, he explains his decision helping him grow as a man and a player.
“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 finished the 2015-2016 season averaging 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. He was the 2014 NBA MVP after being drafted by the Thunder in 2007. He has been one of the best players in the league with a career average of 27.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assist a game. The Thunder finished this past season 55-27, which put them third in the Western Conference. They would advance to the Western Conference Finals only to lose to the Warriors in seven games.
The Warriors come off a 73-9 regular season, which was a record. Unfortunately, they were not able to win the championship as they fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. Point guard, Stephen Curry, was named the regular season MVP after having a legendary season as he averaged 30.1 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.1 steals a game. He was also the first player in NBA history to make 400 three pointers in season. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are the other two All-Stars that round out this new super team.
This move likely means the end to some of the Warriors role players. Harrison Barnes is expected to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli are likely to be gone as well.
Durants contract will be finalized on July 7 and will be the fourth highest player on the Warrriors.