Durant confirms Golden State move

Durant, the most coveted NBA free agent in basketball, announced his move on the Players Tribune website after what he described as the "most challenging few weeks in my professional life."

Durant, a seven-time NBA All Star and the NBA's MVP in 2014, gives Golden State a formidable weapon as it builds towards next season.   -  AP

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant confirmed on Monday he is leaving the club to join the Golden State Warriors.

Durant, the most coveted NBA free agent in basketball, announced his move on the Players Tribune website after what he described as the “most challenging few weeks in my professional life.”

The 27-year-old forward said he was joining the Warriors to enhance his growth as a player and a person.

“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.

“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, a seven-time NBA All Star and the NBA's MVP in 2014, gives Golden State a formidable weapon as it builds towards next season.

The Warriors is still licking its wounds after slumping to a 4-3 NBA finals defeat to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers last month.

The 6ft 9in (2.06-meter) Durant took the Thunder to the brink of victory against Golden State in the Western Conference finals earlier last season, inspiring his team to a 3-1 series lead before the Warriors fought back to win 4-3.

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