After winning two NBA championships and two NBA Finals MVP awards in three seasons, Kevin Durant is leaving the Golden State Warriors, joining the Brooklyn Nets along with Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in a rush of signings to start this year’s blockbuster free agency season.
Durant’s move was one of the biggest questions looming over the 2019 offseason. He had long been rumored to be leaving the Warriors, but after his injury in the NBA Finals left him likely sidelined for the upcoming season, some thought there was a chance he would return to Golden State.
On Sunday, those hopes faded as Durant’s move to the Nets became official. According to Marcus Thompson II at The Athletic, Warriors sharpshooter Stephen Curry was on a plane from China to New York City to see Durant when the news broke. But rather than cancel his trip, Curry carried on, now heading to New York not to pitch Durant on another year together, but to thank him for the three years they did spend as teammates.
“His trip to New York was seen as a last-ditch effort to keep Durant,” wrote Thompson.