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Here's when the Golden State Warriors will officially unveil Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant stunned the basketball world when he revealed he planned on joining the Golden State Warriors ahead of the 2016/17 season.

A deal is yet to be confirmed but three days ago in an article titled 'My Next Chapter', the 2014 Most Valuable Player wrote on the Players' Tribune - a website where he is Deputy Publisher - that his nine-year relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder was about to end.

Durant and the Thunder came so close to toppling the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals but threw away a 3-1 lead as the small forward suffered yet more playoff heartbreak.

It could have all been so different if the Northwest Division organisation were able to see out that series, and now Thunder supporters are having to come to terms with the reality that their star player will be heading to the Bay.

Jerseys have been burned in images reminiscent of Cleveland fans' despair from six years ago, but the news will really hit home when the 2015 champions unveil their new superstar talent at a press conference this evening.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors - Game Seven

The final member of the Warriors' big four will speak to the media at 9p.m. CET (1p.m. PT) before refocussing his attentions on helping the United States of America win their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.


The reaction to Durant's statement has been nothing short of crazy. While Warriors fans are rejoicing at the news, Thunder followers are fighting back tears while every man and their dog have voiced an opinion.

Charles Barkley, never one to shy away, has been a leading voice in the disapproval of the decision. Often considered the best player never to win a championship, the forward said he was 'disappointed' in Durant in the same way he was with LeBron James when he joined the Miami Heat.

It is no secret KD wants to add some rings to his collection of accolades and the Warriors offer a better chance at immediate success. However, Barkley believes the satisfaction of conquering the NBA with OKC would've been greater than jumping aboard to the Golden State ship.

Not everybody is angry or disappointed with the choice. Many people share the same level of intrigue on just how the Warriors will make it work. Andre Drummond questioned their lack of big men, and while Golden State will be incredibly entertaining on offence, their defence could be suspect. Only time will tell.

Durant is expected to sign a two-year deal at the Oracle Arena with a player option in the second season, meaning his stint with the Warriors could be very short-lived. However long he stays in the Bay, it's going to be one hell of a story.

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