The move lets rich get richer. With Kevin Durant’s announcement that he is going to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the biggest question of the NBA offseason was answered on Monday.
“This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.” Durant made his announcement in the Players Tribune website.
The 27-year-old All-Star repeatedly revealed that he would love to feature for the best team in the NBA. By joining Stephen Curry with the Golden State Warriors, Durant becomes a part of a team which is expected to start as overwhelming favorites to clinch the title next season.
The contract will be a 2-year, $54 million, with player option for second year, according to the USA Today.
It was widely regarded until Monday that Durant will return to Oklahoma City Thunder this summer.
How will KD’s move affect the league?
Thunder made a strong move but Durant stuck to his point of landing in the best team of the league. The former MVP now joins Steve Kerr’s team with the back-to-back MVP as nucleus and All-Stars Draymond Green and Klay Thompson in the wings.
Golden State’s loss to Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals made Durant’s arrival in the Warriors camp more likely.
Green was the first Warrior to greet Durant online. “Welcome to THE FAMILY @KDTrey5 let’s just do what we are setting out to do!! #Blockoutthenoise,” Read his tweet.
While the teams have improved in the Eastern Conference, none has improved enough to surpass the Cavs as the favorites to clinch the conference title.
Experts see a strong possibility of the Warriors playing the Cavs in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive time. And with Durant joining Curry, the Warriors’ roster appears to be unbeatable.
The Warriors will maintain their dominance in the West. Durant feels that he has made the right decision at this stage of his career.
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