By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
A 4th of July heartbreak for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has announced on the Players Tribune website that he is leaving for Western Conference rival Golden State.
“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 wrote on the website founded by Derek Jeter and partially owned by Durant.
“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.
Then he dropped the bomb.
“With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”
The deal is believed to be a so-called 1+1, a 2 year contract worth about $54 million with a player option for the second year.
No official reaction yet from the Thunder but we will update the site as the day moves along.