Report: Durant's decision expected by Monday afternoon

Report: Durant's decision expected by Monday afternoon

NBA fans won't have to wait too long to find out which team Kevin Durant will be suiting up for next season. KD's decision is expected within the next 24 hours, or by Monday afternoon, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

It'd be poetic if Durant announced that he'd sign with the Celtics on Monday, July 4 after Wyc Grousbeck suggested there'd be "fireworks" just a few years ago.

There are no guarantees though, but it'd be a fascinating wrinkle to the story.

At the least, one team has apparently removed themselves from the Durant sweepstakes. The Clippers re-signed Austin Rivers and Wesley Johnson on Saturday night. That comes less than 24 hours after Durant was reportedly “blown away” by the Clippers’ pitch.

So much for that.

The Warriors are reportedly negotiating with free agent guard Jamal Crawford, according to Rotoworld's Ed Isaacson, which would likely take them out of the Durant sweepstakes as well. But they might hold off until they receive word from Durant. The Spurs have a difficult cap situation and would need to trade at least one player to add Durant.

If those teams are eliminated, that would leave the Heat, who Durant meets with Sunday, the Thunder, and the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski suggested Saturday Durant had been recruiting Horford to sign with the Thunder (who would have to trade Enes Kanter to make it work), but Horford ultimately decided there was no assurance that Durant and Russell Westbrook would stay there long-term.

If we’re reading between the lines of Woj’s report, it’s fair to wonder if Durant shares those concerns. If that’s the case, then it could be very good news for the Celtics at some point over the next two days.

Monday night’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular might have a bit of an extra special meaning this year for Celtics fans.

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

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NBCSB Breakfast pod: How Jayson Tatum compares to Paul Pierce

1:25 - With half of the Celtics roster on the shelf, we’ve been able to see just how great a scorer Jayson Tatum can be. A. Sherrod Blakely, Mike Girardi and Trenni Kusnierek discuss how Tatum compares to Celtics legend, Paul Pierce.

5:35 - The NFL Competition Committee is giving it their best shot at modifying the ‘catch rule’ and Tom Curran, Kyle Draper and Hardy try to wrap their heads around the proposed changes.

11:02 - The Bruins clinched a playoff berth despite losing to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. Joe Haggerty joins Tom Giles to break down the game, which included another goal by Ryan Donato and a questionable call on a high hit on David Krejci.

Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday


Report: Kyrie Irving to undergo knee exam Thursday

The second opinion on Kyrie Irving’s sore left knee will be done on Thursday, according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett.

Irving, who has missed the last four games, is expected to decide between having a surgical procedure performed to help alleviate some of the soreness, or continue to manage it with rest.


During the 2015 NBA Finals, Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap injury which was the beginning of Irving’s left knee issues.

While Irving has had soreness of some form during various stretches of play this season, Celtics coach Brad Stevens has seen him making progress recently.

“That knee is still sore,” Stevens said. “He’s worked really hard to manage it throughout the entire season. He’s had some pretty good days recently. I’m encouraged by the big picture.”

But Stevens has made it clear that he supports Irving getting a second opinion, adding that Irving’s absence is due to the knee being too sore for him to play at a level he’s accustomed to.

“He’s out because of knee soreness, not because we’re choosing to rest him,” Stevens said. “That’s the bottom line. Again, we want him to feel 110 percent. He wants to feel 110 percent. Obviously, we’re fortunate we created a cushion early on in the year with playoffs and everything else. This is not one of those situations where we’re choosing to rest someone; it’s because he has a sore knee.”