Durant is planning to make a formal announcement with details of his plans on Instagram account of The Boardroom, his company-owned media network, at 6 p.m., sources said.
Durant declined his $31.5 million player option in June, officially setting him up for unrestricted free agency.
He was eligible to remain with the Warriors on a five-year, $221 million deal, or sign with another team for four years, $164 million.
Leading up to free agency, Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman had been in New York, where they mulled the star forward’s free-agency options. Durant had been considering a number of scenarios, including a return to Golden State, while New York, Brooklyn and the LA Clippers also were believed to be considerations, sources had told ESPN.
Whichever team won the Durant sweepstakes knew it likely would be without his services for the entire 2019-20 season.
Durant ruptured his right Achilles in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a devastating injury that changed the entire dynamic of the NBA offseason. He underwent surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on June 12.
The Achilles tear, suffered as he tried to drive by Raptors big man Serge Ibaka in the second quarter of Game 5 in Toronto, came after Durant had missed a month-plus of the playoffs with a right calf injury suffered May 8 against The Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Raptors game had marked his return to the court, but it proved short-lived, and Toronto won the Finals in Game 6 at Oracle Arena.
Durant, who turns 31 in September, finished the postseason averaging 32.3 points per game on 51% shooting from the field, 44% shooting from 3-point range and 90% shooting from the free throw line. He’s the first player in NBA history to average 30 PPG on 50-40-90 shooting in a single postseason (minimum five games).
The second overall pick in the 2007 draft, Durant spent his first nine NBA seasons with Seattle/Oklahoma City, then signed with the Warriors in 2016 to give them a superteam that included fellow All-Stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
Durant helped lead Golden State to NBA titles in 2017 and ’18, winning Finals MVP both times. He’s a 10-time All-Star (winning MVP of the game in 2012 and ’19) and six-time First Team All-NBA honoree, and also won Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 and league MVP in 2013-14. He’s led the NBA in scoring four times, and his current 27 PPG average ranks sixth all time.
Durant is one of five players to win at least one Rookie of the Year, MVP, Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP and scoring title, joining LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.