By Christopher Frangolini
Kevin Durant has made his decision on his future…and it’s not Oklahoma City or Boston.
The prize free agent has decided he will join the Golden State Warriors, leaving the franchise that drafted him in 2007 with the second overall pick (Seattle). Over the past few days, Durant took meetings with Boston, San Antonio, Miami and the Clippers, but decided to join the likes of the greatest shooting backcourt ever.
According to reports, Durant will make $54.3 million over two years with a player option on year two.
— ESPN (@espn) July 4, 2016
This comes just weeks after Durant and his Oklahoma City team blew a 3-1 lead to the 73-9 Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
The decision is a head scratcher. Durant prided himself on not being like “other” free agents who just flock to the big markets. When Lebron James left his hometown Cavs to join the Heat in 2010, Durant tweeted out the following message, “Now everybody wanna play for the heat and the Lakers? Let’s go back to being competitive and going at these peoples!” Lebron teamed up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, Durant will have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Now everybody wanna play for the heat and the Lakers? Let’s go back to being competitive and going at these peoples!
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) July 16, 2010
Durant was supposed to be different. He didn’t care about the glit and the glamour, he just wanted to play basketball.
Russell Westbrook and Durant played together for eight seasons in OKC and questions arouse on whether they could coexist. With both players cracking the top-5 in the NBA in skill, it was almost obvious that they could not, but they could use each other to win a championship.
Kobe and Shaq had problems coexisting and they won three.
They only appeared in one finals (2012) when they lost to Lebron James-led Miami Heat in five games. This year, Lebron and KD were on collision course to meet up back in the finals, until the Thunder fell flat and lost three straight games to the Warriors.
Now it is almost certain (if it weren’t already before) that Westbrook will leave the small market Thunder after 2017 when he is an unrestricted free agent.
Another small market gets crushed in the free agency.
Today’s generation of basketball makes me sick. What ever happened to the killer instinct the league had, where a player “wanted to be the guy.” Now there is a monopoly on the NBA. The best of the best feel they need to team up to win.
“if you can’t beat em, join em” – Kevin Durant ……..basically! lol
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) July 4, 2016