Kevin Durant announces decision to join Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant is joining forces with the Splash Brothers.

The free-agent superstar forward announced Monday he would join the Golden State Warriors after a whirlwind weekend of listening to pitches from six NBA teams.

From his announcement on The Player's Tribune:

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This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn't truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.

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. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.

The Oklahoma City Thunder lobbied hard to keep Durant, with pitches both before and after all his other meetings.

The team also made a big trade just before free agency opened to surround him with more talent in a bid to convince Durant the window for a title in Oklahoma City was still wide open.

But the lure of creating a big four in Oakland, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green apparently won over Durant.