Kevin Durant Is Joining The Golden State Warriors

OKC's Kevin Durant was courted by the Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs and more.
Posted at 12:10 PM, Jul 04, 2016

The wait is over. NBA free agent Kevin Durant is now a Golden State Warrior. 

The former Oklahoma City Thunder small forward made the announcement via The Players' Tribune on Monday. 

He wrote: "I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors. ... I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. " 

Durant now joins a strong core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the West Coast. 

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Several teams courted Durant and his services this offseason, possibly none harder than the Boston Celtics, who rolled out a celebrity-filled red carpet for the 27-year-old. 

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and more were also rumored to be recruiting Durant.

Durant's decision was the most anticipated of a 2016 NBA free agency period that's seen teams practically giving away money.

As of Monday morning, of the six players scoring massive $100-million-plus deals, only one changed teams — Al Horford going from the Atlanta Hawks to the Boston Celtics. 

Durant is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a former MVP. He's expected to highlight a somewhat depleted Team USA basketball team in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics starting next month. 

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