The Warriors recruited Kevin Durant with a pitch that should terrify the rest of the NBA

Warriors Sign NBA Superstar Free Agent Kevin Durant

In a stunning move, Kevin Durant announced on Monday that he will sign with the Golden State Warriors.

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.

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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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)

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