Isaiah Thomas has made no secret of his wish to see Kevin Durant suit up for the Boston Celtics next year in the past, but now he insists he believes the historic franchise has a genuine chance of landing the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.
The Celtics - who have won the NBA title a record 17 times - picked Jaylen Brown from the University of California as the third overall pick in a supposedly two-man draft last night.
Adding a young star to the already impressive balance coach Brad Stevens has assembled and the future is certainly bright in Boston. All-Star Isaiah Thomas and All-Defensive First Team member Avery Bradley make up a formidable backcourt and they have a great supporting cast that features Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder and Evan Turner, too.
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But a true, scoring superstar would surely turn them from fifth place in the east with a record of 48-34 to title contenders. Durant can be that game-changer.
"We definitely have a shot," Thomas said. "I know that for sure. And I’m just trying to reach out when I can and stay in his ear a little bit here and there. I know it’s a tough time for him because everybody’s probably trying to reach out and get him to go where they want him to go. But my relationship with him is real genuine, and hopefully, I can get him to come to Boston and we can bring banner 18 here."
Thomas elaborated on what makes Boston so appealing to a transcendent superstar like KD.
"The biggest thing for me, especially when I got there, it was just seeing the tradition," Thomas said. "Just putting on the Boston Celtics uniform and knowing that all those guys who had done it before you, you gotta represent the way they did. It’s an honour to even be in the Celtics' organisation. And I just think, with the fan base and the sports town that Boston is, it’s one of a kind.
"I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t played in the L.A.s or the New Yorks or things like that, but Boston, and what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen, there’s nothing like it. And if you win in Boston you’ll be loved forever. So that’s the only thing I can tell him. I keep it real short and genuine, keep it real with him. Boston is one of the best cities that I’ve ever been a part of."
Nothing that Thomas has said is far-fetched or far from the truth; Boston is one of the most storied franchises in the league and have some of the most passionate fans.
KD has insisted, however, that whatever he does will be a 'basketball decision'. As great as Thomas' plug may be, he has to convince Durantula that they can win titles together if he wants to link up in Massachusetts.