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Before the free-agent period opened Sunday, reports were already circulating that Warriors general manager Bob Myers was on a plane to New York to talk to Kevin Durant.
But it’s clear now Durant had already made his decision — perhaps some time ago — because he announced at 3 p.m. on the dot that he was signing a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
The news wouldn’t come as a surprise to Myers, though, who ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported was the first of the NBA execs to learn Durant would not be signing with their team.
“[Durant] and his business manager, Rich Kleiman, met with Warriors general manager Bob Myers on Sunday in New York and delivered him the news on the decision to leave Golden State,” Wojnarowski reported. Other teams in the running (which most are speculating were the Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks) were informed after Myers.
The in-person break-up was met with mixed reactions from Warriors fans.
“They really let Bob fly cross country to tell him he’s leaving,” one fan wrote on the Warriors subreddit. “… There’s no way in hell I’d appreciate getting on a 6 hour flight just to get rejected.”
“I’m sure he was half expecting it, and appreciated the face to face,” suggested another.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau reported that Durant will sign a 4-year, $142 million max contract. ESPN is reporting that Kyrie Irving and Deandre Jordan will be joining Durant in Brooklyn.
Warriors fans have a little time before the pain of seeing their old star suiting up for another squad. The ruptured right Achilles he incurred in the NBA Finals is expected to keep him off the court for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.
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