Kevin Durant has signed a two year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
“[Deciding my free agency] was by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life, ” said Durant, who announced his decision on Monday through a post in The Players’ Tribune.
Durant made the surprising decision to leave the only NBA team he had ever played for and sign to the Warriors, the team that eliminated him in a seven game 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals series.
Sources report that Durant signed a $54 million dollar deal with a second year player option.
“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,” wrote Durant. “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.”
Durant joins two time league MVP Steph Curry, which gives Golden State the last three NBA Most Valuable Player awards. They have five All Stars with the addition of David West, who is expected to sign a one year deal.
Durant will become the highest paid player on the Warriors, followed by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.