Draymond Green’s groin shot to Steven Adams in the Western Finals is now the second most infamous low blow in Oklahoma City Thunder history. Kevin Durant delivered the first today, when he declared his independence from the Thunder on the Fourth of July. He announced his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors on the Players Tribune:
“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. 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.”
NBA Insider Marc Stein reported that the deal is for 2 years at $54 million.
Kevin Durant will sign a two-year deal with the Warriors at $54.3 million, league sources say, with a Player Option for Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2016
The 7-time NBA All Star, and his 28 points per game, will join Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green on a Golden State squad coming off a record setting 73 win regular season and NBA Finals appearance. On paper it’s hard to say the lineup is anything other than nightmare inducing. Nick Wright, who was in for Colin, described the talent on the Warriors’ roster as historic.
“This is the greatest collection of talent in modern NBA History.”
It’s an embarrassment of riches for the Warriors, who now must figure out how to fit Durant into their offensive juggernaut as seamlessly as possible. Nick said haters who predict the Warriors will struggle like the earliest version of the LeBron Heat shouldn’t be so confident.
“The Heat had to build an entirely new system, the Warriors have a system. They’re just replacing Harrison Barnes with the second best, or the third best player in basketball.”
Not surprisingly, Durant is already catching the third degree on social media for abandoning the Thunder, and for leaving to sign with the team that just bounced him in the Western Conference Finals.
In the end, Durant chose the path with least resistance to his first championship trophy. Detractors may call him a ring chaser, but Vegas already has the Warriors listed as heavy favorite to win the NBA Championship when next season tips off.
Updated 2016-17 NBA Championship odds via @LVSuperBook
— Covers (@Covers) July 4, 2016