We’re inside of a month before the start of the NBA season, and preseason basketball is alive and well, sorta. It’s now when we’d like to reflect on those free agency signings that shook the power foundation around the league. It makes sense considering how Kevin Durant’s decision on July Fourth this past summer rippled out to affect everyone in the game. Some signings simply shift the power structure in the whole darn Association, and Durant’s certainly qualifies, but what other big free agency signings have tilted things so dramatically when one player decides to sign with another team? That’s what we’re going to look at.
Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors
Previous team: Oklahoma City Thunder
We begin this voyage through the transactions that changed NBA history in California’s Bay Area as a potentially paradigm-shifting signing happened this summer when the Golden State Warriors wooed Kevin Durant during free agency. The Warriors are coming off consecutive NBA Finals appearances and just set an NBA record for most wins in a single season.
Durant is the last player to win the NBA’s MVP award since his new teammate Stephen Curry, who has won the last two. The Warriors have been the most prolific scoring team in the NBA over the last two seasons, and Durant is the only player in the league who has a legit claim as a better scorer than Curry. And what Durant adds on the other end of the floor could prove to be the difference between winning, or losing, a Game 7 this season.
The book has yet to be written on these Warriors. Hell, we haven’t even gotten through the prologue. But Durant heading west could go down as one of the biggest moves in NBA history.