NBA: Kevin Durant joining Golden State Warriors

“I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”

This was revealed in Kevin Durant’s announcement blog post in The Players’ Tribune.

He went on to say that “it has been “by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life.”

An article on ESPN said the former league MVP is expected to sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract, as sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein. The contract will include a player option after the first year.

In Durant’s post, he disclosed what led to his decision, citing growth as a player, and basically getting out of his comfort zone and to try out new things:

“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. 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.”

The 27-year-old Durant was the hottest prospect in the free agent market.  Durant met with six teams the past three days: Oklahoma City, Golden State, San Antonio, Boston, Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers.

He has spent all nine seasons of his career with the Thunder organization, winning the MVP award in 2014. He has also been named first-­team All-­NBA five times.