After three years, three NBA Finals appearances, two titles and two NBA Finals MVPs, Kevin Durant is leaving the Golden State Warriors. But while the team will no doubt be disappointed to see him go, they appear to be satisfied with how he told them.
According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Durant and his business manager met with Warriors general manager Bob Myers to tell him of his decision in person.
Per the report, the teams all felt that the “process was forthright.”
Durant is now slated to join the Brooklyn Nets on a four-year, $160 million contract. However, it’s unlikely he sees the court much in the 2019-20 season due to a ruptured Achilles.
Kevin Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman met with Warriors GM Bob Myers Sunday in New York and delivered him the news on the decision to leave Golden State, league sources tell ESPN. Rest of teams were informed later this today. Teams thought process was forthright.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
In July 2016, Durant signed a two-year, $54.3 million contract with a player option for a third year. He helped lead the Warriors to back-to-back NBA titles over the Cleveland Cavaliers in those first two years.
In the 2018 off-season, Durant opted out of the deal before re-signing with the Warriors on a two-year, $61.5 million contract in order to help the team re-sign its core players.
But the second year of the deal included a player option that he ultimately declined.
Unfortunately, his tenure with the Warriors didn’t end as he anticipated, suffering a ruptured Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. His final moments on the court for the team are him limping off while being assisted by his teammates.
He now joins the Nets in the Eastern Conference, where he will hook up with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan this summer.