Golden State Warriors sold over 1,000 Kevin Durant jerseys in two hours

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The biggest free agency move since 2010 was confirmed last night as Kevin Durant signed on the dotted line with the Golden State Warriors.

After revealing his decision on the Players' Tribune four days ago, the small forward faced the media at the Oracle Arena as he was officially unveiled by the 2015 champions.

After the finer details were sorted and it was all official, it was not long before 'Durant 35' Warriors jerseys were on sale. And, according to ESPN, they were a big hit with fans of the Oakland-based organisation.

Within two hours of posting them online, the Dubs were reporting that over 1,000 had been ordered.


The Warriors already had the player with the most popular jersey from the 2015/16 campaign in Stephen Curry. Klay Thompson was fifth, Draymond Green was seventh and now with KD, who was also top ten during his final season with the Thunder, it could be a very profitable year for Golden State.

They lost their spot as the most popular franchise in terms of merchandise to the Cleveland Cavaliers, however, Durant's name should help them retain that position this time next year.

But topping merchandise leagues is not the reason he moved to California. It's all about rings. The 2014 Most Valuable Player knows his legacy will be judged on how many rings he accumulates, and while many will say it was a weak decision to join the strongest team in the league, it will give him the best chance of achieving that dream.

His deal at the Oracle is a two-year, $54 million contract with an opt-out option in his second season. So, if the super team in Oakland does fall flat on its face, there is still a chance for KD to search for another opportunity before his prime ends.

The beaten finalists are the bookmakers' favourites to win back the Larry O'Brien trophy in 2017 given their All-Star team. But sport isn't played on paper and the players will need to gel if they are to produce what many are expecting.

It seems the forward is already comfortable in his new environment. During his press conference yesterday, he poked fun at shooting guard Klay Thompson and said the mood within the meetings with Golden State personal convinced him about his future.

It should be no surprise. His friendship with Green is well-documented and he also grew close to Curry and Andre Iguodala during the FIBA World Cup of 2010 when the trio helped the United States of America win a gold medal.

Durant is back on international duty during the offseason as he looks to win Olympic gold once again in Rio de Janeiro. Then it is time for the real fun to begin.

Stephen Curry
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Pacific Division
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Oklahoma City Thunder
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