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.
Kevin Durant and his business manager Rich Kleiman met with Warriors GM Bob Myers Sunday in New York and delivered him the news on the decision to leave Golden State, league sources tell ESPN. Rest of teams were informed later this today. Teams thought process was forthright.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Wojnarowski originally reported that Durant would sign a four-year, $164 million deal, and Irving would receive a four-year, $141 million contract. Later, Wojnarowski dropped the shocking news that Durant and Irving actually took less money than that to help Jordan, who will sign a four-year, $40 million contract.
Free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are taking less than the max to allow DeAndre Jordan to get the $10M annual salary with Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
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.