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Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors

The wait is over. NBA free agent Kevin Durant is now a Golden State Warrior.

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The former Oklahoma City Thunder small forward made the announcement via The Players' Tribune on Monday.

He wrote: "I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors. ... I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. "

Durant now joins a strong core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the West Coast.

Several teams courted Durant and his services this offseason, possibly none harder than the Boston Celtics, who rolled out a celebrity-filled red carpet for the 27-year-old.

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and more were also rumored to be recruiting Durant.

Durant's decision was the most anticipated of a 2016 NBA free agency period that's seen teams practically giving away money.

As of Monday morning, of the six players scoring massive $100-million-plus deals, only one changed teams — Al Horford going from the Atlanta Hawks to the Boston Celtics.

Durant is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a former MVP. He's expected to highlight a somewhat depleted Team USA basketball team in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics starting next month.

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Al Horford agrees to 4-year, $113M deal with Celtics

The Al Horford era in Atlanta is over.

>> RELATED STORY: Tom Brady helps Celtics try to recruit Kevin Durant

Horford, who has been a cornerstone for the Hawks for nearly a decade, agreed to a maximum four-year, $113 million deal with the Boston Celtics on Saturday. The Hawks failed to offer the four-time All-Star center a maximum five-year, $153 million deal. Horford will leave the team he joined as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

He announced his decision on social media, posting on Twitter: “Celtic Pride!!!!!" with many shamrock emojis.

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The deal comes hours after news of Tom Brady joining the Celtics contingent in New York as part of a pitch to free agent Kevin Durant.

– WFXT in Boston contributed to this report.

Tom Brady helps Celtics try to recruit Kevin Durant

New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady apparently joined Celtics brass and players in the Hamptons as part of their pitch to recruit Kevin Durant to Boston.

A tweet showed Brady walking down a street with Danny Ainge and a host of Celtics front office members and current Celtics players Saturday afternoon on their way to pitch Durant to come to Boston.

>> RELATED STORY: Al Horford agrees to 4-year, $113M deal with Celtics

In the past, Durant gushed over the Patriots quarterback, calling Brady his favorite athlete of all time. Bringing him into the pitch meeting is a power move for the Celtics. 

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The Celtics are one of five teams Durant is entertaining this weekend, including the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs and Heat.

Durant has spent his entire nine year NBA career with the Oklahoma Thunder. He’s averaged just over 28 points per game and is a seven-time All Star.

Durant is expected to receive a max contract from whichever team he chooses.

Big Papi sent a tweet Saturday saying, “Yo @KDTrey5 sorry I couldn't make the meeting today but Brady will tell u they don't call Boston the City of Champions for nothing.”

Fans, players pay tribute to Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, died Tuesday. She was 64.

The legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach had been battling early-onset Alzheimer's since 2011.

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Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Fans, players and other notable figures took to social media to pay tribute to Summitt. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

>> Pat Summitt, former Tennessee coach, dead at 64

>> PHOTOS: Pat Summitt through the years

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Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach, dead at 64

Legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt has died. She was 64.

Summitt's son, Tyler, announced the news in a statement Tuesday.

>> PHOTOS: Pat Summitt through the years

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“It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Patricia Sue Head Summitt," he wrote. "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

He added, "Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced. Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."

A Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Former players, coaches and fans paid tribute to Summitt on social media, including Peyton Manning.

>>Fans, players pay tribute to Summitt

"She could have coached any team, any sport, men's or women's," he said in a statement. "It wouldn't have mattered because Pat could flat out coach. I will miss her dearly, and I am honored to call her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tyler and their entire family."

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On Sunday, news broke that Summitt was reportedly "struggling" and her health was deteriorating. 

Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, left basketball in March 2012, just a few months after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.

"It was hard because I didn't want to, but I felt like I needed to step down," Summitt told ABC

Summitt held a 1,098-208 record over her 38-year coaching career, all as coach of Tennessee. 

She also collected eight NCAA titles over her career — the second most in NCAA women's basketball history. 

In April 2012, she was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

This video includes clips from CBS, the University of Tennessee and images from Getty Images. 

People climbed buildings in Cleveland to celebrate Cavaliers win

It was a win Cleveland waited 50 years to celebrate, and fans showed up in full force.  More than one million people gathered downtown in the city to celebrate the NBA win with a parade Wednesday.

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The parade, a route of 1.3 miles, started at 11 a.m. EST, and finished around 4 p.m

A crowd of approximately 1.3 million fans flooded the route in the streets and on the sidewalks, ESPN reported.

Cavalier fans were even scaling the sides of buildings and standing on top of portable toilets Wednesday for a better look. 

The event was the biggest in the city since the Great Lakes Expo in the 1930s, WKYC reported.

Jim Brown, former fullback for the Cleveland Browns, joined the Cavaliers players and staff on stage. They each took turns speaking before LeBron James took the microphone and addressed fans.

"I'm nothing without you all. I love all of y'all," James said to the fans. "Get ready for next year."

The parade ultimately ended near Cleveland Browns Stadium. There will be another celebratory event in Akron, Ohio, Thursday, in conjunction with the Lebron James Family Foundation.

Read more at ESPN.

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Cleveland Cavaliers fan disses Steph Curry's dad by hitting dab

One Cleveland Cavaliers fan may have made a devastating NBA Finals loss for the Golden State Warriors even more infuriating for fans, teammates, point guard Steph Curry and his father, Dell Curry.

Jennifer Hayashi, who goes by @chilloutjen on Twitter, posted a video of her friend Aaron Smith dissing Dell Curry in what looks like a prank.

In the video, a man walks toward Dell Curry with his hand out, as if going in for a handshake. When Dell Curry puts his hand out to shake in return, the prankster instead dabs.

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Dabbing, made popular in sports by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, is a dance created by hip hop trio Migos.

The dance is essentially lifting an arm bent at a 90 degree angle and bowing your head into your elbow.

The tweet got the attention of ESPN reporter Bomani Jones and Sports Illustrated.

Not everyone found the diss dab funny.

Although Jen dismissed critics by saying, "It's just a joke," she admitted her friend was silly for doing it.

Nike honors Cavaliers win with new commercial

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finally added a new title and Nike was prepared for the historic win. 

In a new commercial, Nike's basketball division honored not only the Cavs, but also the fans who have not seen a championship since 1964, Sports Illustrated reported.

The company posted the ad to YouTube shortly after the Cavs took the title.

Watch the video below or click here.

As the YouTube description says, "After years of holding its breath, Cleveland can finally breathe easy."

LeBron James was named Finals MVP, his third in his career.

The Cavs beat the the Golden State Warriors 93 to 89 in Game 7 Sunday night. 

WATCH: After losing NBA Finals, Draymond Green gives LeBron James a congratulatory hug

Talk about good sportsmanship.

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As the Cleveland Cavaliers were celebrating their first championship win in franchise history Sunday after beating Golden State 93-89, the Warriors' Draymond Green fought through the crowd to give MVP LeBron James a big hug.

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"Those guys, they earned it, and I knew that it was my duty, pretty much, to go back out there and congratulate them on a great series and on a great season and on winning the championship," Green said of the emotional moment, according to USA Today's For the Win. "Like I said, I hate to lose, but you learn something from everything."

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Mark Cuban pledges $1M to Dallas police to help protect LGBT community

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced his donation of $1 million to Dallas police Wednesday morning in wake of the Orlando mass shooting.

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According to WFAA, the money is intended to help Dallas PD with “enhanced counter-terrorism efforts” and increase police presence in Dallas neighborhood Oak Lawn. It will go toward approximately 16,000 hours of police overtime.

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“These funds will be used primarily to protect the LGBT community,” said Dallas police Chief David Brown. “We will earmark and track the expenditure of these funds to ensure its effective use in creating a safe environment.”

Read more about Cuban’s donation at WFAA.

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