However, he woke up on the Fourth of July and decided that he would join the Warriors. "It's not the easy situation because I'm out of my comfort zone". Durant had plenty to say, but we've narrowed it down to the best quotes. I couldn't consider, totally, everybody's feelings at this point, because it'd be hard to.
Golden State reportedly applied a full-court press to land Durant. Together they came to the team's practice facility to meet the media, some season ticketholders, and Warriors brass as he became the newest member of Dub Nation.
So, what's next? Seventy-four wins and a title?
Durant was seated between smiling coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who expressed how he still couldn't believe all this had happened. "We lost in the Finals. But I think more importantly knowing Kevin - he's a friend of mine - I think that he was just as excited to be in a really positive environment", Nash said on Wednesday. We want to be better.
"I know I haven't changed as a person", Durant said.
This makes official the move that Durant announced Monday with an essay on The Players' Tribune as the Warriors collect the biggest prize available in free agency, at least when considering it is expected LeBron James will resign with Cleveland after opting out of his contract.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala went to the Hamptons last Friday, to persuade Durant into leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, and joining the Warriors.
Durant, who is contractually committed to play just one season with the Warriors, said he's committed to the team.
"They told me just to be myself", Durant said. He's here to win a championship. The seven-time All-Star and four-time National Basketball Association scoring champion has averaged 27.4 points per game over the first nine years of his career. "I'm sorry you feel that way".
"I think it's great".
If I were to rank my PGs for the 2016-17 season, Westbrook would no question be #1, especially without Durant "holding him back". And the relationship was great, we had great years and it's something you'll never take away from us, but like I said, I wanted a new chapter in my life, I felt it was time for it and I made this decision.
"I figured it was time for me to try a new challenge and there's no better place to do it", Durant said.
At that point, he called the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying it was the "hardest thing I've had to do in my life". "Tears were shed. I trusted my gut", Durant said.
Kevin Durant: "We live in a comic book world where either you're a villian or a superhero if you're in this position. I understand the fans from Oklahoma City and fans around the world are upset, but I made a decision based upon what I wanted to do and how I felt".
"When they came in to see me, everything was real".
Ultimately for Durant, having fun for however many years he has left playing basketball is the plan. I realize the relationships I had won't be the same, but I still wanted to leave with class and dignity.