BOSTON – The Celtics are not considered one of the favorites to land Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant when the former league MVP hits the free agent market this summer.
But the play of the Celtics this season has at the very least caught his attention, which could potentially sway the perennial All-Star to shock the world and join the Celtics.
“I’ve been watching this team a lot,” Durant told reporters prior to tonight’s game against the Celtics. “They’re scrappy, they play hard, they love their coach; they love their system. Especially in this building, they play with a lot of energy.”
And you can bet some of that energy will be directed at Durant, a player that Celtics Nation would welcome with open arms.
He comes into tonight's game averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Although injuries have kept Durant off the parquet floor since 2012, he is well aware of how passionate Celtics fans are about their team.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Durant said of tonight’s game. “Some of the best fans in the world. They support their team.”
And their superstars, something this franchise has arguably been void of since Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to Brooklyn in 2013.
The basketball side of Boston seems to be something that, on the surface at least, would be an ideal fit for Durant.
He would be joining one of the league’s youngest teams, but one that has shown they can hold their own with the league’s better teams and appear to seemingly be one superstar away from joining the short list of up-and-coming title contenders.
One of the consistent knocks on Boston has been it not being a city that superstar players would want to play in.
But Durant doesn’t seem to have any issues with the city of Boston or its people.
“I like the city a lot. I like the city a lot,” he said. “It’s cold but they love sports here. It’s a family atmosphere I feel when I walk around. I like it a lot.”
Enough to sign a long-term deal?
That remains to be seen.