Nets officially acquire KD in sign-and-trade deal with Warriors

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Kevin Durant is officially a member of the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets acquired the 10-time All-Star along with a protected 2020 first-round pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for D'Angelo Russell, Shabazz Napier, and Treveon Graham, the team announced Sunday.

Durant's deal is reportedly worth $164 million over four years, according to Spotrac.

"Kevin is a champion, perennial All-Star, and one of the great players of this, or any, generation," Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. "Adding a player of Kevin's caliber to our organization elevates our ability to compete with the elite teams in this league.

"His tremendous abilities and dedication to his craft have made him as talented an offensive player our game has ever seen and we, as well as all of Brooklyn, are thrilled to welcome Kevin and his family to the Nets."

Durant led the Warriors to a pair of NBA titles in three seasons with the team and was named Finals MVP for both of Golden State's championship runs during his tenure.

Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob recently said that no other player will wear his No. 35 while he's in charge.

It appears that Durant won't don the number on his new threads either. The four-time NBA scoring champion revealed on social media that he'll be sporting No. 7 with Brooklyn.

"Along with the rest of the league, our coaching staff has long admired Kevin's incredible skill, resilience, and tenacity,” head coach Kenny Atkinson said in a statement. "He has already established himself as a champion and one of the best players of all time, and we couldn't be more excited to welcome him into our program in Brooklyn."

Russell is coming off his first All-Star season after averaging career highs in points (21.1), assists (seven), and 3-point percentage (36.9). He was among three finalists for the NBA's Most Improved Player Award.

The 23-year-old's deal is said to be worth $117 million over four years.

"We're excited to add a player of D'Angelo's ability to our roster," Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said in a statement. "He's coming off an All-Star season with the Nets and we feel, at the age of 23, his best basketball is certainly ahead of him in regards to his career trajectory."

Russell should slide into Golden State's starting lineup alongside Stephen Curry with guard Klay Thompson out long term due to an ACL injury.

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