Kevin Durant couldn't beat em. So, he's joining em.
In a shocking bombshell decision Monday, KD took to The Players' Tribune to announce that he'll be signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent. This comes after he failed to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a series' win over the Warriors in this past Western Conference Finals, blowing a 3-1 lead. Taking the easy way out, huh, KD?
In a shocking bombshell decision Monday, KD took to The Players' Tribune to announce that he'll be signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent on a two-year, $54.3 million deal.
"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," Durant explained in The Players' Tribune post. "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."
Wow. Instantly, the Internet to roast KD over his decision.
My reaction when I woke up this morning to the news that Kevin Durant was going to the Warriors..... pic.twitter.com/fbYXMX25pP— Stacey King (@Stacey21King) July 4, 2016
Not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7, not 8 ounces of respect do I have for Kevin Durant right now.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) July 4, 2016
Kevin Durant tweeted this back in 2010. pic.twitter.com/fk2BVj53X9— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2016
Stephen A Smith ain't too happy about Kevin Durant going to the Warriors— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) July 4, 2016
Draymond Green when he found out he ain't have to guard KD anymore pic.twitter.com/Pq7xNhyFMq— King T'Challa (@RayKushington) July 4, 2016
Perhaps, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala gave up the goods that Durant was signing with Golden State in a tweet Friday.
The fam def got blessed today!!!— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 1, 2016
We wonder what Russell Westbrook thinks. Probably something like this:
Although the Warriors fell to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, they did pull off an NBA regular-season record 73 victories...and that was without Durant. Now, just imagine what they could do with him, back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry and two fellow All-Stars in Klay Thompson andDraymond Green. Durant was the third-overall highest scorer in the league last season, averaging 28.2 points per game, only trailing James Harden (29 ppg) and Curry (30.1 ppg).
KD definitely stacked the deck in a move that will be compared to King James' infamous The Decision of 2010, when he publicly announced that he's leaving the Cavs to join Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
Does KD get props for his move to Golden State or does it reek of weakness?
For what it's worth, Lil B has put an end to the Based God's curse, welcoming KD to Dub Nation.
"The BasedGod" wants to speak,As life unravels and superstars make decisions that change lifes, welcome home KD the curse is lifted - Lil B— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) July 4, 2016
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