BOSTON -- It’s not just Isaiah Thomas willing to go all-in when it comes to recruiting free agent-to-be Kevin Durant to the Celtics.
Legal Sea Foods is willing to do its part by offering unlimited king crab legs whenever he visits one of their in-state restaurants as a member of the Boston Celtics.
Durant grew up in Washington, D.C., and has made no secret about having an affinity for crab legs. In fact, he teamed up with Nike back in 2013 to come up with a signature shoe called the KD VI Maryland Blue Crab.
“17 World Championships and endless king crab legs? We think it’s time KD takes a closer look at Boston as his next home,” said Roger Berkowitz, president and chief executive officer of Legal Sea Foods whose headquarters is in Boston. “Whether we serve them to him steamed or braised, this is our civic responsibility.”
Durant will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after having spent the past nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This season Durant helped the Thunder get to the Western Conference finals, where Golden State rallied from a 3-1 deficit and beat Oklahoma City in seven games.
The Celtics are one of many teams that want to lure Durant away from Oklahoma City. When it comes to recruiting, players like Thomas and many of the front-office personnel will do much of the heavy lifting to try and convince him to come to Boston.
Still, it’ll take a bit of creativity for the Celtics to stand out from the many suitors that will come calling for Durant.
Like . . . free crab legs?
While it certainly qualifies as a rather different incentive to sign with a team, at the very least it stands as one of the more unique approaches to trying to lure in a top-flight player.
BOSTON -- Kyrie Irving has had a second opinion on his sore left knee, and a decision on what the next step will be is expected to be made within the next day or two, according to a league source.
The medical officials involved in the initial evaluation will meet with those who examined him today, to compare notes and determine what’s in the best interest of Irving going forward.
While surgery is a possibility, the source indicated that the current course of treatment, which consists primarily of rest, remains a consideration.
The concerns regarding Irving’s knee are to be of the short-term variety, with the source indicating reports that there are long-term concerns with the knee are “just wrong.”
In his first season with the Celtics, Irving has appeared in 60 games in what has been one of his most efficient seasons as a scorer.
He’s averaging 24.4 points per game while shooting a career-high 49.1 percent from the field. The five-time all-star is shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range this season in addition to dishing out 5.1 assists along with grabbing a career-high 3.8 rebounds.
BOSTON – The first member of the Brad Stevens’ coaching tree is about to take off. Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty is expected to be named head coach at Evansville University.
McCarty, an Evansville, Ind. native, was selected over a field of candidates that included former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland who, like McCarty, is an Evansville native.
The 6-foot-10 McCarty, a 10-year NBA veteran with seven-plus spent with the Celtics, has been part of Stevens’ coaching staff since 2013. The former Celtic has been a college assistant coach at Louisville (2007-2010) in addition to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers (2010-2011).