WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kevin Durant confirms his departure from the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
- The two-time Finals MVP is signing a four-year, $164 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, according to reports.
- Durant helped The Golden State won titles in 2017 and ’18 then was injured for much of the postseason this year as The Warriors lost the NBA Finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.
Kevin Durant is signing with the Brooklyn Nets, leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons.
The announcement was posted on the Instagram page for The Boardroom — an online series looking at sports business created by Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman — on Sunday, the start of the NBA free agency period.
Durant helped the Golden State won titles in 2017 and ’18 but he was injured for much of the postseason this year. The Warriors lost the NBA Finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.
The 10-time All-Star and two-time Finals MVP has a ruptured right Achilles tendon. His injury will likely keep him out the entire 2019-2020 season. When he returns it will be with the Brooklyn Nets but nobody expects Durant to be his former self when he does return.
It’s not yet clear how Durant will play whenever he can return, but the Nets were willing to take a chance with a team on the rise. His 2016 U.S. Olympic teammates, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, will be joining him with the Nets as both players agreed to deals with the team on Sunday.
Durant’s decision, as first reported by ESPN, says he had agreed to a four-year deal with the Nets worth $164 million. He could have gotten about $221 million five-year contract with the Warriors.
The Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and will re-sign Klay Thompson, though he is expected to miss much or all of next season because of a torn ACL he’s gotten during the NBA Finals.