The Golden State Warriors officially announced Kevin Durant's arrival Thursday. But in order to make salary-cap room for the four-time scoring champion, a number of players from last season's record-setting club had to go.
Festus Ezeli was the latest cap casualty, agreeing to two-year, $16 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, The Vertical reported.
Ezeli spent his first four seasons with the Warriors, mostly in a reserve role. The 26-year-old center averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 46 games, helping the Warriors win a record 73 games last season. Ezeli underwent surgery on his left knee, costing him six weeks of action.
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Ezeli, whom the Warriors drafted with the 30th pick in 2012, struggled mightily against the Cavs in the Finals, averaging just 2.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in a reduced role.