Tom Brady helping Celtics recruit Kevin Durant
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is part of the Boston Celtics contingent attempting to recruit free agent Kevin Durant to sign with the team, Jeff Goodman of ESPN confirmed.
Brady joined Celtics general manager and executive of basketball operations Danny Ainge, point guard Marcus Smart and center Kelly Olynyk in the Hamptons where Durant is holding meetings with teams.
Durant has already spoken to the Oklahoma City Thunder, with whom he has spent his entire career, the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers. He is meeting with the Celtics and Heat on Saturday, before having a final meeting with the Thunder on Sunday.
Brady is among the most popular professional athletes to ever play in Boston, having won four Super Bowls and been named the NFL MVP twice.
The Celtics are hoping that his presence will be enough to pull Durant away from Oklahoma City, where the forward appears to be leaning.
Red Sox DH David Ortiz, another Boston legend, tweeted to Durant later in the day.
Durant averaged 28.3 points and 8.2 rebounds on his way to being named second-team All-NBA this season.
He is expected to sign a one-year deal this offseason.