Kevin Durant, the star small forward of the Oklahoma City Thunder, just announced that he'll be a Warrior come this fall. According to ESPN's NBA reporter Marc Stein, "Durant will sign a two-year deal with the Warriors at $54.3 million, league sources say, with a Player Option for Year 2."

Durant wrote on the Players Tribune (he's Deputy Publisher of Derek Jeter's publication) that it's been the "most challenging weeks" of his career. "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," he wrote. "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."

The Warriors defeated Durant and the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, but then capped off their record-setting 73 win season by losing in seven games to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals. While the possibility of Durant heading to the Warriors has been floating around, it's a reality now:

Here's more of Durant's thoughts on the move:

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.

Did you realize the Durant and Stephen Curry met when they were 10 years old? Durant thought Curry was white.