Kevin Durant says he will sign with the Golden State Warriors

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kevin Durant is joining All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson with the Golden State Warriors.

He made the decision public in a tweet Monday morning.

The basketball player said it was an emotional decision in which he had to consider where he would experience the most personal growth.

“With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors,” he announced in a written statement on

He can’t officially sign until July 7. His decision has been the most highly anticipated move of the summer. The 2014 MVP and four-time scoring champion led the Oklahoma City Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, and to the Western Conference finals in four of the past six years – and he’s only 27. He recovered from a broken bone in his right foot that cost him much of last season to post one of the best years of his career.

Durant was with the Thunder for nine years. He said he will miss the city, its fans and his teammates.

“It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career,” he said.

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