Blockbuster Deal Just Made Lebron's Repeat Chances Much Tougher
Kevin Durant joins the Golden State Warriors
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2016 2:56 PM CDT
Kevin Durant will be with Golden State next season.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – The Golden State Warriors were nearly invincible during the regular season this year, but they fell to Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals. If the Cavs hope to repeat, it looks like they'll have to go through Golden State once again: The Warriors just added free agent Kevin Durant, one of the game's best players, to their roster and thus become the "heavy favorites" to win the title next year, reports USA Today. Durant, who will be playing alongside superstar Steph Curry, is expected to sign a two-year deal for $54.3 million, reports ESPN.

In a post at the Player's Tribune, the 27-year-old Durant writes that finding a team to help him improve as a player was one factor, "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." Durant has played his entire career with the same organization, and his Oklahoma City Thunder nearly upset Golden State in the playoffs this year. So does this make him a traitor to Oklahoma City? The argument is already well under way, reports Deadspin.