Report: Kevin Durant to sign with Golden State Warriors

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Kevin Durant will be joining the Golden State Warriors, ESPN reports.

With Dwight Howard leaving Houston, James Harden was openly recruiting Durant to join the Rockets, but Durant has decided to head elsewhere. Harden and Durant were former teammates in Oklahoma City, but now Durant will be joining Steph Curry and the gang.

According to ESPN.com, sources told Marc Stein that he is expected to sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract. The deal would include a player option after the first year.

“The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction,” Durant wrote. “But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth.

“With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”

The contract can be finalized July 7, when a leaguewide moratorium is lifted on signings and trades.