The biggest name in the free agent market has finally chosen his next home. In an article for The Players Tribune’, Kevin Durant, 2014 NBA MVP and seven-time All-Star, announced he’d come to the conclusion he wanted to become a Golden State Warrior.
After meetings with the Oklahoma City Thunder, his former team, the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, it was highly anticipated Durant would sign on for two more years in Oklahoma City with a player option in the second year.
Instead, Durant shocked many NBA fans and experts by deciding on a move to the Bay.
The former Thunder star signed a lucrative two-year, $54-million deal with the Warriors, with a player option in the second year in which he can decide to test the free agent waters once again.
Durant will have to change, if slightly, the nature of his game in order to meld into the Warriors’ pass-first, ball-movement-oriented system. Now, basketball fans must watch and wait.
Will Golden State falter after trying to fix something many consider not broken? Or is this quite possibly the end of competitive basketball for the next two years?