Kevin Durant took a drastic step to fix the one glaring omission on his Hall-of-Fame resume.
Independence Day marked a new beginning for the four-time scoring champion, as he concluded to join the Warriors in an effort to secure his first NBA championship.
Individual accolades — which Durant has plenty of — have piled up since he was selected by Oklahoma City with the second overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, but nine years later, the ultimate goal of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy has proven to be elusive.
The Thunder attempted to accommodate the five-time All-NBA performer by appointing Billy Donovan, a two-time NCAA champion, as coach and altering the roster to specifically cater to Durant’s liking.
The point of competing in any sport professionally is to ultimately prove to be the best.
The names continually rattled off as the greatest to ever play the game: Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James all solidified their status by hanging championship banners in their home arena.
The players labeled as legends primarily spent their entire career with the same organization with the team that drafted them.
San Antonio forward Tim Duncan is proof that well managed teams can continually compete for NBA championships.
Only Duncan is now the exception.
Free agency in the NBA has been around less than 30 years.
The loyalty to an organization discussed by players from generations ago never were given the opportunity to just join a new team.
Free agency didn’t really impact the NBA until 1988, when Tom Chambers left Seattle to join the Suns.
Even then, the rules to garner unrestricted free agency were challenging, as a player could only earn the status if he spent seven or more years in the league and completed two NBA contracts.
Becoming a free agent now is an undisputed right given to the players.
Combine the ability of players to switch oraganizaitons, along with the additional length careers are spanning, between early entry candidates entering the league and medical improvements, changing teams is almost a given.
James has already played as many seasons in NBA as Bird.
The fluidity of players in the league has become one of the most intriguing aspects of basketball, teams can instantly alter their trajectory with one savvy move.
Durant can switch organizations again next season, as the two-year, $54 million deal he signed with Golden State contains an opt out clause following the 2016-17 season.
A return to Oklahoma City, or even a reunion with point guard Russell Westbrook, as he enters free agency next season, all remain possible.
Players in the past never formed stacked the odds in their favor by teaming up with other prominent players because it was never an option.
No group of players ever thought of kickstarting a dynasty by teaming together until James and the Heat accomplished the the feat during the summer of 2010.
Chris Bosh and James joined Wade in Miami to reach the NBA Finals four consecutive times, winning back-t0-back championships with the first coming against Durant and Oklahoma City.
The addition of Durant to the Warriors roster gives the team one of the most young and talented groups ever assembled.
Durant forward joins a team featuring two-time MVP Stephen Curry, All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson and power forward Draymond Green, the runner-up for the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
Durant and Curry are both 27, the eldest members of Golden State’s core group.
The opportunity to become part of a dynasty emerged for Durant during the summer of 2016.
Many are calling his move to Golden State a cowardly act, as he isn’t becoming a champion on his terms.
Durant doesn’t owe anyone anything and his move proves he is only concerned with acquiring championship rings.