Kevin Durant Announces He'll Leave Warriors, Sign Contract With Nets - NBC Bay Area

Kevin Durant Announces He'll Leave Warriors, Sign Contract With Nets

Despite speculation that he might stay, Kevin Durant is leaving the Bay Area for Brooklyn

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    Kevin Durant Announces He'll Leave Warriors, Sign Contract With Nets
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    Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors controls the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at ORACLE Arena on November 10, 2018 in Oakland, California.

    KD is bolting the Bay.

    Durant confirmed Sunday on the Instagram page for his ESPN show, "The Board Room," that he'll sign a max contract with the Brooklyn Nets and not return to the Warriors next season. He even used a NSFW track from legendary Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G. to make the announcement.

    Durant revealed his free-agency decision about an hour after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that the Nets will have a super team that also includes Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, who will sign free-agent contracts with the team.

    The two-time NBA Finals MVP reportedly also was interested in the Knicks and Clippers, but he ultimately decided to join the Nets over the Warriors' five-year, $221 million max offer.

    Durant reportedly told Warriors general manager Bob Myers of his decision, then other teams were informed.

    Durant's decision will cost him $57 million and one year in contract term, but it puts him front and center on the Eastern Conference's new super team, with good pals Irving and Jordan.

    Durant won't make an immediate impact for the Nets, as he's expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from right Achilles surgery. He suffered the injury during Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.

    However, Durant's departure leaves Warriors general manager Bob Myers and his staff to fill out the roster around a healthy Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.

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