Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas plans to make an effort to recruit Kevin Durant away from Oklahoma City this offseason, he told the Boston Globe.
Thomas’s efforts to reach out to Durant started during the Thunder’s Game 7 loss to the Warriors in the Western Conference final, when he tweeted Durant’s No. 35 and a green shamrock. Thomas has since deleted the tweet, but isn’t backing down on his desire to play with Durant.
“I just wanted the world to know, that’s who I’m trying to get,” Thomas told the Globe.
Thomas said that he wants to let Durant decompress after a emotional season, but that he is ready to give him a call.
“I definitely want to give him some time,” Thomas said. “I know that was a tough series and a long season for him. I wouldn’t want anyone calling me up about the biggest decision of my life right after the season’s over. So I’ll probably give him some time and casually talk to him, and then go all-in.”
Durant, who officially becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has not given an indication about whether or not he plans to leave Oklahoma City.
A seven-time All-Star, Durant averaged 28.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 2015–16.