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Kevin Durant lights up the internet like a Roman candle

The basketball star's announcement that he's leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors sends Twitter into overdrive.

On a day when the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter should have been "Happy 4th of July," it is instead "Warriors."

Basketball superstar Kevin Durant announced Monday that he is leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors. By late morning Pacific Time, #Warriors had topped 1.2 million tweets and "Kevin Durant" had amassed more than 850,000 tweets -- well ahead of "Happy 4th of July" with a mere 801,000 tweets.

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Durant made his announcement on The Players' Tribune website, which lists him as deputy publisher.

"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," Durant wrote. "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."

Personal wealth will grow, too. Durant is expected to sign a two-year, $54.3 million contract, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. He previously had a five-year, $89.2 million contract with the Thunder.