Celtics

Celtics

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.