Former league most valuable player Kevin Durant, 27, has decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won a league-record 73 games last season.

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The biggest question of the NBA offseason was answered Monday when Kevin Durant, one of the best players to hit unrestricted free agency in any sport, agreed to join the Golden State Warriors.

Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors, who won an NBA-record 73 games in the regular season, lets the rich get richer. Although Durant nearly led the Thunder to a stunning upset of the Warriors in the Western Conference finals this year, the Warriors ultimately prevailed before losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors, regrouping, have added the 27-year-old Durant, creating a virtual Dream Team out of a starting unit that also includes All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Warriors were listed as 2-3 favorites by Westgate Las Vegas Superbook to win next season’s championship, which would be Golden State’s second in three years.

Durant made his announcement on The Players’ Tribune website. While the terms of the deal have not been formally announced, a person briefed on the negotiations said it was a two-year deal worth $54.3 million, with the second year being a player option. The structure of the deal would allow Durant to opt out after next season and take advantage of the escalating salary cap to maximize his earnings.

“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,” former Sonic Durant said in the posting.

“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.”

Green was the first prominent member of the Warriors to officially greet Durant online.

“Welcome to THE FAMILY @KDTrey5 let’s just do what we are setting out to do!! #Blockoutthenoise,” Green wrote on Twitter.

The reaction to Durant’s decision was swift, with some on social-media outlets predictably awarding Golden State the 2016-17 title, and others scorning Durant for leaving Oklahoma City — some called his exit “OKC-ya” — and seeking an easier route to his first championship in the Bay Area.

Durant got similar criticism to what James endured when he left Cleveland, where he initially failed to win a title, to form a Big Three in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

In July 2010, Durant sent out a tweet that seemed critical of James. He wrote: “Now everybody wanna play for the heat and the Lakers? Let’s go back to being competitive and going at these peoples!”

The James-Wade-Bosh trio did win two titles, including one in which the Heat beat Durant’s Thunder, and James eventually returned to Cleveland to win a third championship.

But James’ roots are in Ohio, and there were compelling reasons for him to eventually come home. The notion Durant, who is from the Washington, D.C., area, might someday return to Oklahoma City seems unrealistic.

Durant has been among the league’s premier scoring threats and best all-around players since being taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2007 draft by the Sonics. The Sonics moved to Oklahoma City before his second season, and Durant won a scoring championship in his third — his first of four such titles in a span of five seasons. He earned the league Most Valuable Player Award in 2014.

Durant’s talents run the gamut. Listed at 6 feet 9, he is most likely closer to 7 feet, and he is capable of playing anything from shooting guard to power forward on offense, while being both quick enough and long enough to keep up with players ranging from point guards to power forwards on defense.

For the Warriors, Durant will fill a specific need as a player who is more adept at getting to the basket than anyone on their current roster, a flaw exposed by both the Thunder and the Cavaliers in the recent playoffs, where perimeter defense and a great deal of physical contact seemed to shut down the team’s strategy that involved living and dying at the three-point line.

The threat Durant brings, of someone who can just as easily penetrate as he can knock down outside shots, would very likely free things up for Splash Brothers Thompson and Curry, who have rarely needed much help in that regard but could, almost terrifyingly, now become even more effective.

To accommodate Durant’s salary, the Warriors will have to make some roster moves. Center Andrew Bogut and forward Harrison Barnes, starters for Golden State last season, reportedly will be playing for the Dallas Mavericks in the upcoming season.

The Thunder, of course, tried to convince Durant to stay. For years, he had been paired with guard Russell Westbrook, another game-changing talent, to form one of the most potent one-two punches in the league.

Durant elevated Oklahoma’s profile so much he was inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame last year. He donated $1 million in disaster relief to the Red Cross in 2013 after a tornado ravaged south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said fans should appreciate what Durant accomplished, and the part they played in it.

“They should feel thankful, grateful,” Presti said.