NBA MVP 출신의 수퍼스타 포워드인 케빈 듀란트(Kevin Durant)가 골든 스테이트 워리어스에서 커리어의 새로운 챕터를 열 것이라고 밝혔습니다.
계약 조건은 2년 총액 54.3백만 달러로 2년차에 플레이어 옵션이 포함되어 있기 때문에, 1시즌을 뛴 후 옵트 아웃하여 (어느 팀이 될지는 모르겠지만) 더 큰 금액으로 재계약을 시도할 것으로 보입니다.
케빈 듀란트는 "나는 워싱턴에서 태어났지만 오클라호마 시티가 나를 키워줬고 오클라호마에서의 추억을 소중히 간직할 것이다. 또한 이번 결정은 내 프로 인생에서 가장 어려운 도전이었고 많은 사람을 실망 시킬 것이라는 것을 알기에 정말 고통스러웠다. 하지만 이 선택이 현재 내 인생과 커리어에서 옳은 선택이라고 믿는다."고 밝혔습니다.
다음은 케빈 듀란트의 발표 전문입니다.
"This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.
The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player ? as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.
I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.
It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.
I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization - the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me."
- Kevin Durant / Deputy Publisher.