Kevin Durant is not coming to Boston.

Despite the Celtics’ best effort, even sending Tom Brady to the Hamptons to meet with him, Durant announced on the Players’ Tribune Monday morning that he will sign with the Warriors.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is not coming to Boston.

Despite the Celtics’ best effort, even sending Tom Brady to the Hamptons to meet with him, Durant announced on the Players’ Tribune Monday morning that he will sign with the Warriors.

Here is what he wrote: This has been by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life. I understood cognitively that I was facing a crossroads in my evolution as a player and as a man, and that it came with exceptionally difficult choices. What I didn’t truly understand, however, was the range of emotions I would feel during this process.

The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.

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According to a report from Oklahoma City-based ESPN.com NBA writer Royce Young, Kevin Durant is deciding between the Thunder and Warriors, which would mean the Celtics’ efforts to land the marquee free agent have fallen short.

According to a report from Oklahoma City-based ESPN.com NBA writer Royce Young, Kevin Durant is deciding between the Thunder and Warriors, which would mean the Celtics’ efforts to land the marquee free agent have fallen short.

Young tweeted Sunday night: From what I understand, it’s Thunder versus Warriors for Durant.

That apparently did not sit well with Celtics followers eager to see Durant head to Boston. Tweeted Young early Monday morning: Celtics fans went to my Instagram and spent the night making fun of my wife and kids. Really awesome you guys.

Durant is expected to make his decision Monday. The Thunder reportedly made a final push in a meeting in the Hamptons early Sunday evening.

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Jerry Spar

Tom Brady, David Ortiz and now Julian Edelman.

The Patriots wide receiver was the latest Boston sports star to try and urge Kevin Durant to sign with the Celtics as he tweeted a picture wearing a No. 35 jersey with the caption: From the fans, to the history, to the amazing city itself, Boston is best place to play hands down @kdtrey5 🍀35🍀

Tom Brady, David Ortiz and now Julian Edelman.

The Patriots wide receiver was the latest Boston sports star to try and urge Kevin Durant to sign with the Celtics as he tweeted a picture wearing a No. 35 jersey with the caption: From the fans, to the history, to the amazing city itself, Boston is best place to play hands down @kdtrey5 <img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />35<img src=" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" />

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WEEI

And then there were five.

Free agent forward Kevin Durant, the best player on the market by a country mile, has informed the Los Angeles Clippers he won’t be signing with them, per Ben Bolch of the LA Times:

Seems obvious by now but Clippers have been told that Kevin Durant will not be joining them.

And then there were five.

Free agent forward Kevin Durant, the best player on the market by a country mile, has informed the Los Angeles Clippers he won’t be signing with them, per Ben Bolch of the LA Times:

That leaves the Celtics as one of five finalists for Durant’s services, and perhaps the greatest threat to entice him to leave Oklahoma City, though the Thunder remain overwhelming favorites to retain him.

The Celtics pulled out all the stops in the Hamptons to wow Durant during their visit, flying in Tom Brady of the Patriots to help with their pitch. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz also tweeted his support.

The team’s best move in the negotiation, however, came right after their visit finished, when free agent Al Horford, a close friend of Durant, agreed to a four-year, $113 million contract.

With the Clippers out of consideration, Durant’s choice has been narrowed to the Thunder, Celtics, Warriors, Spurs, and Heat.

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John Tomase

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Kevin Durant told the teams he is meeting with in The Hamptons this weekend that his decision on which team he will sign with will come by Monday.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Kevin Durant told the teams he is meeting with in The Hamptons this weekend that his decision on which team he will sign with will come by Monday.

Additionally, according to the L.A. Times, the Clippers have been informed it won’t be with them.

This means the Celtics still at least have a chance at the superstar, which got even more intriguing on Saturday when the team signed Al Horford, especially after it was learned Durant tried to recruit Horford to come to Oklahoma City.

The Celtics met with Durant on Saturday and brought along Tom Brady, who reportedly make a strong pitch.

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