Kevin Durant has announced that he will join Golden State Warriors and will not return to Oklahoma City Thunder.
OKC free agent Kevin Durant has announced on The Players Tribune that he will not return to Oklahoma City Thunder and will be joining Golden State Warriors. Durant played last for Thunder against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, going down 4-3 to Stephen Curry’s Warriors.
The Washington D.C. native had been the most lucrative free agent on the market and was the centre of attraction, with multiple teams interested in his signature. Golden State, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers approached him in a series of meetings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The 6’8″ Small Forward was drafted by Seattle Supersonics in 2007 before they relocated to Oklahoma City in 2008. In his nine years in the NBA, he developed into a top notch scorer, winning the NBA scoring title four times, NBA MVP award in 2014 and an Olympic Gold with USA national basketball team. He was also awarded the NBA Rookie of The Year award in 2008.
KD35 had affectionate words for OKC franchise, saying, “I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organisation- the friends and teammates that I went to war with on court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.”
Durant took this decision seeking an opportunity to come out of his comfort one and explore new community and new city which according to him, offers great potential to grow as a player and an individual.
Durant was the leader of OKC, forming one of the most dynamic duo with Russel Westbrook, averaging 27.4 points per game, 7 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game with 7 NBA All Star appearances to boot. He led OKC to NBA Finals once, when they went on to lose to the Miami Heat 4-1. Now, he joins the GSW, who just come off two consecutive trips to NBA Finals, winning one title and a 73 game winning regular season.
The Warriors already have two time MVP Stephen Curry, along with All-Stars Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguoudala in their starting five. Addition of Durant will make this franchise on of the strongest offensive franchise in the NBA.