(NEW YORK) — Kevin Durant is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. A free agent, Durant announced his decision to switch teams in a post titled “My Next Chapter” on The Players’ Tribune Monday.
“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,” Durant, 27, wrote. “With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”
Oklahoma City fans angry about Durant’s decision have already taken to social media, posting images of people burning his jersey. In his announcement, Durant addresses disappointed fans, writing, “It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.”
Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett Monday expressed the organization’s gratitude to Durant for his time in Oklahoma City.
“Kevin’s contributions to our organization during his nine years were profound, on an doff the court,” read a statement from Bennett. “He helped the Thunder grow and succeed in immeasurable ways and impacted the community just the same. We thank him for his leadership, his play, and how he represented Oklahoma City and the entire state of Oklahoma.”
“We can’t adequately articulate what he meant to the foundation of this franchise and our success,” added Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Durant averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2015-16 season.
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