*Kevin Durant has made up his mind about where he next play and won’t be in San Francisco with the Golden State Warriors who could offer him the most money.
Instead, Durant has signed a four-year deal to play for the Brooklyn Nets, according to multiple outlets on Sunday.
Durant is expected to reveal his decision in an Instagram post on an account for The Boardroom, his sports business company. Meanwhile, Fox Sports and other outlets reported that Durant was bound for Brooklyn approximately one hour before the official 6pm Eastern start of the NBA’s free agency period.
As far as the value of the deal itself, ESPN reported that Durant’s contract will be worth $164 million. The contract cannot be officially signed until July 6 because of the league’s annual moratorium.
The Golden State Warriors were expected to offer Durant a five-year, $221 million contract to remain with the team, one year and $57 million more than any other team could have offered. The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers were also reported to be pursuing Durant.
And did we mention Kyrie Irving in our headline? Yes, we did. Here’s the deal with that. ESPN also reported that the Nets will sign former Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving to a four-year contract worth $141 million, and will also ink former Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Knicks center DeAndre Jordan to a contract.
Durant, who turns 31 in September, is a ten-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA Finals MVP, but he is expected to miss the entire 2019-2020 season because of a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the eventual champion Toronto Raptors.
A native of Washington, D.C., Durant was drafted out of the University of Texas with the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007 and became a superstar after that franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.