The Boston Celtics may have acquired Al Horford in what many experts are considering the second-best free agency pick up of the summer. However, they missed out on the big one as Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors.
The Eastern Conference franchise was one of the teams to secure a meeting with the 2014 Most Valuable Player and it is believed they pulled out all the stops to convince the Washington native that Beantown was the best destination.
According to reports, Durant's final decision came down to one of three teams; the Oklahoma City Thunder, Celtics or Warriors. Of course, he chose Golden State and the fallout surrounding his move continues to go on.
Point guard Isaiah Thomas, who competed in his first All-Star game in 2016 - playing against Durant and the Western Conference - was involved in the sit-down chat, and has joined the list of people to express their disappointment at his decision.
However, the diminutive guard respects the choice that the former OKC man made in the end. Thomas said: “Yeah, I was upset. But at the same time, it was that man’s decision. I could do nothing about it but try to get him to come to Boston.
"I thought we did a hell of a job with what Danny (Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations) brought up and the guys in that room. He (Durant) really considered us; he had to. The meeting went really well.”
It has been an incredible turnaround for the Celtics since their big three was disbanded and Durant's signature would've been the icing on the cake. However, the addition of Horford really is a signal of intent, and the famous franchise will hold real aspirations of at least making the Eastern Conference finals next season and challenging the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A matchup with Golden State and Durant in the Finals would be extremely exciting, but only time will tell if that will come to fruition.