Jan 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after a shot during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. The Thunder won 111-105. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant will chase a title in Golden State

Kevin  DurantKevin Durant is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

Durant is expected to sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract. The deal would include a player option following the first year.

The star forward announced his decision in a post on The Players’ Tribune.

Here’s an excerpt:

“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.”

The contract can officially be finalized on July 7, when a leaguewide moratorium is lifted on signings and trades.

Durant’s decision to leave means the Warriors are unlikely to match the four-year, $95 million offer sheet that forward Harrison Barnes agreed to with the Mavericks.

The 27-year-old Durant becomes only the 4th-ever MVP to sign with a new team prior to his 30th birthday.

The small forward averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.0 assists last season with the Thunder.  He showed is scoring consistency by notching at least 20 points in 67 straight games.

Over his nine-year career, Durant has averaged 27.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

The Golden State Warriors now become the heavy favorites to win the 2016-2017 NBA Championship.




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