The Boston Celtics officially added Al Horford in 2016 free agency just in time for their meeting with Kevin Durant, the superstar in the free agent market. NBA rumors has linked the Cs to the OKC star and reports are in that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will help in the recruitment of Durant.
A post on social media showed some members the Celtics’ recruitment team that included Brady with Danny Ainge (president of basketball operations). Steve Pagliuca (co-owner) and players Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.
The group which will try to convince Durant to sign with Boston includes Brady, one of the best QBs in the history of the NFL and the current starting QB for the Patriots.
Durant was set to meet with the Celtics representatives in the Hamptons, confirms ESPN.com.
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According to the report that recruitment team will also be joined by point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder and head coach Brad Stevens.
Al Horford officially signed with the Celtics Saturday night agreeing to a four-year contract worth $113 million. Horford was initially linked to the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks but decided to transfer teams.
Earlier NBA rumors in the 2016 offseason have the Celtics among the six teams Durant will reportedly meet. Durant already talked to his current team, the Thunder and was also “blown away” by the Clippers’ pitch earlier in the week.
Durant will also meet with the Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
Getting Horford signed on Saturday is crucial for the Celtics, who will try to convince Durant that they are serious title contenders from the Eastern Conference. Boston has salary cap space left to sign Durant to a maximum contract.
The Celtics also have trade pieces in their roster including the third overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Kris Dunn.
Boston can still trade some of their assets, according to NBA rumors and get another star in the line-up. If the Celtics are successful, Boston will have another star-filled line-up similar to the time when they had Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce back in 2007.
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