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Thunder GM Sam Presti: Kevin Durant 'a founding father of this franchise'

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Durant Free Agency

Kevin Durant (35) speaks during a news conference at the Thunder's practice facility in Oklahoma City.

Kevin Durant announced Monday morning on the Players' Tribune that he would sign with the Warriors. The Thunder were quick to release statements from their chairman, Clay Bennett, and general manager, Sam Presti.

They are below.

From Bennett:

“Kevin's contributions to our organization during his nine years were profound, on and off the court. He helped the Thunder grow and succeed in immeasurable ways and impacted the community just the same. We thank him for his leadership, his play, and how he represented Oklahoma City and the entire state of Oklahoma.”

From Presti:

“Kevin made an indelible mark on the Thunder organization and the state of Oklahoma as a founding father of this franchise. We can't adequately articulate what he meant to the foundation of this franchise and our success. While clearly disappointing that he has chosen to move on, the core values that he helped establish only lead to us thanking him for the many tangible and intangible ways that he helped our program.”

You can read Durant's article on the Players' Tribune in full here.

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