WASHINGTON — In a letter posted Monday morning to The Players’ Tribune, Kevin Durant announced he will join the Golden State Warriors next season.
The decisive paragraph from his letter:
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.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski offers more details on the recruiting process:
Durant, who many in the D.C. area hoped would return to his hometown to play for the Wizards, spurned Washington for Golden State. He did not even take a meeting with the Wizards, seemingly due to the quality of the team’s roster — John Wall and Bradley Beal are intriguing pieces, but they don’t quite match up to some of the other options Durant had to choose from.
He joins the Warriors, who won an NBA-best 73 games last season, to form perhaps the most powerful superteam in NBA history. The starting lineup figures to feature reigning two-time MVP Steph Curry, former MVP Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Andrew Bogut is expected to be traded to make the salary work.
Festus Ezeli is also expected to be an unrestricted free agent.