Isaiah Thomas told the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach he wants the world to know he's trying to get Kevin Durant to join the Boston Celtics.
That's why he tweeted Durant's No. 35 next to a green shamrock after the Thunder lost Game 7 to the Warriors. Thomas says he deleted the tweet because the timing wasn't right. But he does plan on doing everything he can to bring Durant to Boston.
"I know that was a tough series and a long season for him," Thomas said to the Globe. "I wouldn’t want anyone calling me up about the biggest decision of my life right after the season’s over. So I’ll probably give him some time and casually talk to him, and then go all-in."
After the Celtics fell to the Thunder earlier this season, Durant lingered in TD Garden. He spoke to reporters – without any microphones in his face -- about Kendrick Perkins’ time in Boston, and how much Perk lauded the city, the fans, and the organization. Durant then slowly walked down the hallways, which has pictures of Celtics legends on the walls, and was overheard saying to someone from his inner circle, “Man, there's a lot of history in this building.”
The positive remarks Durant has made publicly about the Celtics organization taught fans to dream Durant donning 'the green.' But it’s these behind the scenes moments that reveal he actually has actual genuine interest -- at least in the history of the Celtics.
Boston has what Durant is looking for with an elite head coach in Brad Stevens, a stable front office led by Danny Ainge, a rising roster featuring Isaiah Thomas, and arguably the best fan base in all of basketball.
There are perhaps only five other teams in the NBA with similar situations: the Thunder, Heat, Clippers, Spurs, and Warriors. Most of the other teams in the league have absolutely no chance at Durant because they lack one or all of those prerequisites.
Thomas’ recruiting may come up and short and the Celtics may end up not getting Durant, but all you can ask for is the opportunity to sign a Hall of Fame level talent in the prime of his career. The Celtics will likely have that, while most others won't.
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