The Celtics rolled out the red carpet.

The Thunder all but begged him to stay.

But, following the tradition set forth by LeBron James in 2010, Kevin Durant — one of the three best basketball players on the planet —will chase a title with the Golden State Warriors.

Durant announced his decision to sign a two-year, $54 million deal with a player option Monday morning on

"The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction," Durant wrote on the website he co-owns. "But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth.

"With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors."

Interestingly, Durant joins the very team that defeated Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final in a series many believe saw Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder choke.

The Warriors fell to the Cavaliers in seven games in the NBA Finals less than a month ago, attempting to defend their 2015 title. Golden State's packed roster already boasts MVP Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and a cast of talented role players. One of these is heading to the Mavericks, as Harrison Barnes is expected to ink a max deal with Dallas.