In doing so, the Warriors now have the NBA's latest and greatest super-team, a squad containing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and now, arguably, the NBA's best scorer.
Though it was reported that the Warriors were a contender to sign Durant, it seemed unfathomable that he would leave Oklahoma City. The Thunder, after all, came within one win of knocking out the Warriors to make the NBA Finals. They seemed to poised again this season to challenge the Warriors for Western Conference supremacy.
However, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors recruited Kevin Durant with an undeniably terrifying pitch: apart, they'll both contend for championships, but together, they could win them all.
In meeting, Bob Myers told Durant: Without you, we can another title or two. Without us, you might win too. Together? We'll win a bunch.
It's certainly not a stretch. The second-best team in the NBA, the 67-win Spurs, didn't even make it to the Conference Finals. The Warriors effectively just eliminated the only other heavyweight in the Thunder. The Clippers will remain a threat, but their only other true contender is the Cavaliers, who dominate a weak Eastern Conference.
To sign Durant, the Warriors will need to shed some salary, which will likely mean trading Andrew Bogut and Shaun Livingston, while possibly losing free agents Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli. It seems the Warriors will do what it takes to keep Andre Iguodala in the folds.
Just imagine this: The Warriors blitzed the NBA with their "Death Lineup," a small-ball unit featuring Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Iguodala, and Draymond Green. It was the most effective lineup in the NBA. They've just replaced Barnes, a player who averaged 11 points and five rebounds per game last season, with Kevin Durant.
The NBA should be terrified.
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Kevin Durant through his career
Kevin Durant through his career
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: NBA player Kevin Durant attends the game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on September 24, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - MARCH 29 : Kevin Durant #3 of the West moves the ball against the East during the 2006 McDonald's All American High School Basketball game at Cox Arena on March 29, 2006 in San Diego, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Texas forward Kevin Durant (35) is shown during first half action in their college basketball game Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
Texas forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates with fans following the team's win over Texas A&M in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JUNE 23-24 -- FILE -- ** Basketball players Kevin Durant, right, from the University of Texas, and Greg Oden, from Ohio State University, pose with a USA Basketball senior national team jersey as they officially join the team during a news conference in Las Vegas, in this May 23, 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Texas' Kevin Durant takes questions in the interview room after being selected by the Seattle Supersonics as the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin Durant smiles as he holds a basketball at the team's first practice, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, in Seattle. Durant, the second overall draft pick in June, begins his NBA life as the Sonics begin preseason practice. Seattle isn't shying away from loading last season's national player of the year as a freshman at Texas with high expectations. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin Durant ,left, drives past New Orleans Hornets' Morris Peterson in a NBA basketball game during the first half Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jim Bryant)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Seattle Supersonics' Kevin Durant line up against each other during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, March 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Seattle SuperSonics' Kevin Durant holds his trophy after he was named NBA basketball's Rookie of the Year, Thursday, May 1, 2008 in Bellevue, Wash. Durant averaged 20.3 points per game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Golden State Warriors guard Anthony Morrow, left, goes up for a shot in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant reacts as Oklahoma City defeats the Charlotte Bobcats 84-81 in an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 10, 2009. Durant had 20 points in the victory. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) tries to get past Cleveland Cavaliers' Daniel Gibson (1) in an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant reacts from the bench late in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010. Durant led the Thunder with 33 points to beat the Blazers 89-77.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shoots against the San Antonio Spurs in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 22, 2010. Durant had 45 points, but San Antonio won 99-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, low-fives teammate forward Nick Collison, left, during player introductions prior to an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, looks on from the bench along with guard Russell Westbrook during the closing seconds in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 111-87. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
United States Kevin Durant reacts during the semifinal between USA and Lithuania at the World Basketball Championship, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant dunks against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. Durant had 28 points as Oklahoma City won 114-109. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, left, and Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, right, stand together and watch a foul shot in the second quarter of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, right, drives around New York Knicks guard Bill Walker, left, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. The Thunder won 104-92. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant speaks during an NBA All Star basketball player news conference, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, in Orlando, Fla. The NBA All Star game will be played in Orlando on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of Game 6 in the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in Oklahoma City. The Thunder won 107-99. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Kevin Durant of the U.S. men's senior national team reacts during a pre-Olympic friendly basketball match against Argentina at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, July 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, center, reaches for a loose ball with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, and forward Pau Gasol, of Spain, during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 105-96. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) is pictured during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) puts pressure on Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) during the fourth period of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The Thunder won 112-95. (AP PhotoAlan Diaz)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant shoots in front of Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Miami won 103-81. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after hitting a foul shot in overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Oklahoma City won 137-134. Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic is at left. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant plays in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)