Kevin Durant chooses to leave Oklahoma City Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant has chosen to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and go to the Golden State Warriors.
In a letter on his website, Durant said:
“The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a play – 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.”
According to ESPN, Durant has agreed to a two-year $54 million deal with the Warriors, with a player option on the second year.
That means he can opt out at that point and become a free agent again.
Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett released the following statement:
“Kevin’s contributions to our organization during his nine years were profound, on and off the court. He helped the Thunder grow and succeed in immeasurable ways and impacted the community just the same. We thank him for his leadership, his play, and how he represented Oklahoma City and the entire state of Oklahoma.”
The following statement is from Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti:
“Kevin made an indelible mark on the Thunder organization and the state of Oklahoma as a founding father of this franchise. We can’t adequately articulate what he meant to the foundation of this franchise and our success. While clearly disappointing that he has chosen to move on, the core values that he helped establish only lead to us thanking him for the many tangible and intangible ways that he helped our program.”