NBA beat writers around the country were tied to their phones this weekend, once Kevin Durant’s new contract negotiations stretched into the holiday weekend. While the rumors were flying, it was every reporter for themselves to make sure they didn’t get fooled by rumors or old news.
It’s official! Thunder tonight signs Kevin Durant to a multi-year contract extension. Stick with http://www.thunder.nba.com for info.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 9, 2010
Sorry that was aparently a 6 year old tweet that I accidentally RTd somehow by mistake unintentionally
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) July 1, 2016
Once the news broke, though, that Durant would indeed be heading to Golden State, it was all hands on deck for coverage. Contract details, what it means for his title chances, how it affects the rest of the league, everything’s up for debate. Enjoy working on the holiday, NBA scribes!
Derek Jeter is the NBA's best journalist.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 4, 2016
I don't blame KD for picking GSW but this will become the most belatedly retweeted NBA tweet ever. https://t.co/F3crZAMTxK
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 4, 2016
HOOOOOO MY GODDDD pic.twitter.com/M4o8q1WXQq
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) July 4, 2016
Hey guys, any news?
— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) July 4, 2016
Don't sleep on Jerry West and his Impact on Durants decision.
— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) July 4, 2016
Early projections: Warriors go 78-3, with one team simply not showing up, and win title in 13 games while winning Stanley Cup on the side.
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) July 4, 2016
Game 6 in OKC retroactively becomes one of the biggest games of all-time.
— Jonathan Tjarks (@JonathanTjarks) July 4, 2016
This team is going to absolutely crush. So.Many.3s.
— Haralabos Voulgaris (@haralabob) July 4, 2016
Russell Westbrook is gonna play the whole season like he just got a star in Mario
— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) July 4, 2016
To me, it's not official until Ayesha Curry tweets it.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) July 4, 2016
I think if you take a 73 win team and replace Harrison Barnes with Kevin Durant the resulting team will be good. #analysis
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) July 4, 2016
To me this is most like Drexler joining the Rockets more than anything.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 4, 2016
Westbrook gonna dunk so hard on Durant's head, Frederic Weis will be like "whoa whoa easy fella" but in French
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) July 4, 2016
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) July 4, 2016
The NBA is the best.
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) July 4, 2016
It's a hard thing to comprehend and digest, because literally everything Durant has said the last eight years runs counter to this decision.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) July 4, 2016
Kevin Durant is 27 years old, wants to win a title. Golden State clearly the best place to do so.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 4, 2016
Players Tribune immediately crashes.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) July 4, 2016
Kevin Durant’s new teammate, Andre Iguodala, perfectly summed up the immediate reaction to Durant’s decision with this tweet:
Looks I just turnt the gogo wifi on at the right time…
— Andre Iguodala (@andre) July 4, 2016
— Josh (@Dynamitejimi) July 4, 2016
Breaking News: To ensure everyone will get enough shots the Warriors will be playing with two basketballs next season.
— Sereita N. Cobbs (@snco) July 4, 2016
— RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) July 4, 2016
— darth™ (@darth) July 4, 2016
"The BasedGod" wants to speak,As life unravels and superstars make decisions that change lifes, welcome home KD the curse is lifted – Lil B
— Lil B THE BASEDGOD (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) July 4, 2016
First, of course, is the money. After a full weekend of huge contracts being handed out to seemingly average bench guys, you had to know that KD will command an overwhelming amount. But he didn’t even get as much as he could have! One of the big debates was whether Durant would take less money to go to a winner, which is a surprising sentiment when you consider he’s already on a strong contender. Until the Cavs took them down, the Durant-led Oklahoma City Thunder took the Warriors to seven tough games in the Western Conference Finals and looked like the closest anyone would come to beating them. Now, Golden State will have another MVP in their lineup in a potential rematch with Cleveland in next year’s finals.
ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting Durant will sign for $54.3 million with Golden State on a two-year deal with a player option after the first season.
Kevin Durant will sign a two-year deal with the Warriors at $54.3 million, league sources say, with a Player Option for Year 2
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2016
The other big news is what this means to the rest of the NBA, as Durant’s decision sets several other things in motion.
And yes, the Warriors know for sure that they can move Bogut. That's not about to be an obstacle to the arrival of another MVP.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 4, 2016
Text from a fellow Western Conference player: "WOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!" #hardhittingjournalism
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 4, 2016
While disappointed, Thunder prepared themselves for Durant's decision & will take some time to evaluate their options, sources said
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 4, 2016
Kevin Durant's decision to go to Golden State means restricted free agent Harrison Barnes will be allowed to leave to join the Mavs.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 4, 2016
Now that the shock is fading, it's worth pointing out that Durant isn't much better than Barnes except he's much better in every way.
— Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) July 4, 2016
Durant-Warriors is a huge blow to Oklahoma City — and to the NBA's failed efforts to stop proliferation of big market super teams.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 4, 2016
The Warriors, who won a title two years ago and won 73 games last season, will now put out a starting lineup that features a two-time MVP, one of the best shooters in the league, an All-Star and all-NBA defender, and an ex-MVP and scoring champion. Yeah, Golden State might break their own win record next year.
Durant’s mother, who has been ubiquitous at Kevin’s games in Oklahoma City and on road games, showed her son’s previous team some love while congratulating him on the next chapter of his career.
— Wanda Durant (@MamaDurant) July 4, 2016