Kevin Durant announces he's joining the Golden State Warriors

 (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports)

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.

The deal with Golden State is for two years, worth a total of $54 million -- with an opt-out clause in the second year, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Durant had spent his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder (starting out as a Seattle Sonic before the team was moved), leading them to the NBA Finals in 2012 and to the Western Conference finals four times.

The Warriors won an NBA-record 73 games in the regular season in 2015-16, but fell short of repeating as champions when they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game NBA Finals series.

The Warriors almost didn't make it to the Finals, falling behind 3-1 against Durant's Thunder in the Western Conference finals before rallying to stave off elimination.

Durant, still just 27 years old, has averaged 27.4 ppg over his career. Last season, he averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

The 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.

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