Tom Brady isn’t the only superstar athlete hoping to lure Kevin Durant to Boston. David Ortiz got in on the fun on Saturday, too.

Yo @KDTrey5 sorry I couldn’t make the meeting today but Brady will tell u they don’t call Boston the City of Champions for nothing 🏆🏆🏆

Tom Brady isn’t the only superstar athlete hoping to lure Kevin Durant to Boston. David Ortiz got in on the fun on Saturday, too.

Brady reportedly attended the meeting with Durant and his representatives in the Hamptons on Saturday. Ortiz obviously had other commitments, with the Red Sox hosting the Angels, so he tweeted his support instead.

According to the Boston Globe, the Celtics’ meeting with Durant had ended by 7 p.m.

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WEEI

Not so fast on Al Horford, Celtics fans.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski hears the Hawks believe they’ll be able to retain the free agent big man, who already has a max offer from the Celtics.

Sources: Boston, Washington falling back on Al Horford, with Hawks strengthening in belief that a deal can be reached to re-sign him.

Not so fast on Al Horford, Celtics fans.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski hears the Hawks believe they’ll be able to retain the free agent big man, who already has a max offer from the Celtics.

The problem is the most the Celtics can offer Horford is four years and $113 million, whereas the Hawks can extend to a fifth year and $153 million. To fit Horford on their roster, the Hawks would likely need to deal fellow big man Paul Millsap, and Wojnarowski reports the All-Star forward has drawn considerable interest.

If the Celtics lose out on Horford, they’ll have limited options in free agency … barring a miracle signing of Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.

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John Tomase

It appears the Celtics have brought in one of the biggest starts in Boston to help recruit Kevin Durant.

In a photo tweeted by CSNNE’s Abby Chin, Tom Brady is with Danny Ainge and the Celtics crew in the Hamptons to recruit Kevin Durant.

Also seen in the photo were Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.

It appears the Celtics have brought in one of the biggest starts in Boston to help recruit Kevin Durant.

In a photo tweeted by CSNNE’s Abby Chin, Tom Brady is with Danny Ainge and the Celtics crew in the Hamptons to recruit Kevin Durant.

Also seen in the photo were Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.

Durant reportedly met with the Thunder and Clippers on Friday, the Spurs Saturday morning and then will meet with the Heat on Sunday.

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WEEI

It appears the Celtics have a good chance at landing free agent Al Horford.

Al Horford

Al Horford

It appears the Celtics have a good chance at landing free agent Al Horford.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and the Wizards have become the favorites to sign Horford. The forward could sign a four-year, $113-million contract with the Celtics, as they were expected to issue a maximum offer. 

The Boston Herald added the Celtics “have a really good chance to get him.” The organization met with Horford on Friday night and apparently the meeting went well.

The Celtics and the rest of the NBA will likely know what Horford decides Saturday night as that is what he’s telling teams, this according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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WEEI

Al Horford (left) could be wearing Celtics green shortly. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)

Al Horford (left) could be wearing Celtics green shortly. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports)

NBA free agency has officially gone crazy. Here’s where things stand in relation to the Celtics as the Fourth of July weekend kicks off:

— According to the Boston Herald, the Celtics met with free agent center Al Horford on Friday and were prepared to offer him a max contract of four years and $113 million. Horford also met with the Wizards and Rockets.

He’s very much available at the moment because the Hawks signed center Dwight Howard to a three-year, $70.5 million deal, though NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reported that Atlanta hadn’t closed the door on retaining Horford.

That seems unlikely, since the Hawks also agreed to a $70 million extension with Kent Bazemore. At the very least, Atlanta would have to reshuffle the roster to make room for a max Horford deal.

— Things with Horford get even more interesting, because according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Celtics were hoping to sign Horford in time to bring him to Saturday’s meeting with free agent superstar Kevin Durant.

Horford and Durant are close friends, and the Celtics believe that one could help them land the other, even if it ends up being next offseason, when Durant is expected to jump back into free agency if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal this week.

— Speaking of Durant, multiple reports said he was “blown away” by the Clippers on Friday during a meeting in the Hamptons with owner Steve Ballmer, head coach Doc Rivers, and stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, among others.

In Los Angeles, Durant would join a top-heavy group of stars that also includes vacationing point guard Chris Paul, but with almost no supporting cast to speak of. The Celtics, by contrast, offer a deeper roster with more financial flexibility to improve.

Durant also met with the Warriors on Friday, incidentally. He is expected to meet with the Spurs and C’s on Saturday and the Heat on Sunday before circling back to the Thunder and making a decision next week.

— Elsewhere around the league, contracts continue to spiral upward, backed by $24 billion in TV money that will be flooding ownership’s coffers over the next nine years.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley, a nice player who has never sniffed an All-Star team, became the highest-paid player in NBA history when he signed a five-year, $153 million deal to remain with the Grizzlies. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan signed a $139 million deal that made him the second-highest paid player. The Pistons gave Andre Drummond $130 million. And so on.

— One of the beneficiaries of this largesse? Former Celtics guard Evan Turner, who signed a four-year, $70 million deal with the Trail Blazers and will join their starting lineup. Turner thanked Celtics fans and the organization for two great seasons that resurrected his career.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

With free agents vanishing from the radar screen at a steady clip, the Celtics appear poised to make an aggressive run at one of the premier names on the market — Hawks center Al Horford.