If you can't beat them, join them

This is exactly what Kevin Durant has done, as the most sought after free agent of this off-season has finally put everything to rest with his announcement that he will be joining the Golden State Warriors. After being up 3 games to 1 in the 2016 Western Conference Finals, the Thunder lost the next 3 games to the Warriors and missed out on another opportunity to compete for an NBA Championship. And, it's clear with this recent news that that was the final nail in the coffin for Kevin Durant's career in an Oklahoma City uniform.

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instant title favorites

Kevin Durant is expected to sign a two-year contract worth roughly $54 million to play in the Bay, and, as if the Warriors weren't already contenders, and more or less a shoe-in to get back to the NBA Finals, adding Durant is a virtual guarantee that they will be competing for another title come Playoff time next year. Having been with the Oklahoma City Thunder since they were still the Seattle Supersonics, there's no doubt that Kevin Durant wants to chase a championship, and that that is his primary objective, which resounds loud and clear with this signing. The fact remains that the Warriors are indeed the best chance Durant has to capture the ring that has eluded him thus far throughout the course of his career.

He may have multiple scoring champion titles, All-Star appearances, and other accolades to his credit, but Kevin Durant is chasing something greater, and, has put himself in the best possible position to finally get over the hump and hoist the trophy when all is said and done.

OKC just got their Thunder stolen

On the other side of this, it has to be gut-wrenching for the Thunder franchise and fans to have just lost their franchise player to the team that beat them in the 2016 Playoffs. There's no doubt about it, the Thunder are now officially Russel Westbrook's team (assuming he doesn't follow suit and abandon ship like Kevin Durant once he is free to test the free agent waters at the end of next season).

It's clear now that the Thunder will need all they can get out of Westbrook, unless, of course, they look to trade him and get something in return instead of waiting for him to walk away like Durant just did.

Either way, the Thunder have an interesting season ahead, with a lot of head scratching and decision making to work through. Essentially, the Thunder have let James Harden, Reggie Jackson, and now Kevin Durant slip through their fingers. After countless years of toil and great drafting of young talent to build a contending team from the ground up, it may all be for naught as the Thunder will certainly be flirting with lottery land now that Durant has taken his talent elsewhere.

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