By now, everybody knows that Kevin Durant, the hottest free agent since LeBron James in 2010, signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer.
It was a shocking move to say the least. The Dubs dumped Durant's former side, the Oklahoma City Thunder, out of the Conference Finals last season after KD and co. had held a 3-1 lead in the series.
Even though the Warriors would ultimately come up one game short in their bid to retain the Larry O'Brien trophy, the 27-year-old former MVP decided he wanted to join a perennial winner and made the jump.
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However, he very nearly chose a different, but just as shocking path.
The Boston Celtics were considered outsiders in the race for KD, but after they wheeled in NFL legend Tom Brady to their meeting with the small forward, Durant was nearly ready to sign.
According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, Durant said: "I was ready to just say, "OK, let's go." Just seeing someone so successful at his craft. He's a great ambassador for the game of football and the city of Boston. It's great to be in the presence of such greatness. But at the same time, I knew I couldn't let that distract me."
Asked what else made Boston an intriguing destination, Durant said, "I just liked the way they play. I liked their coach [Brad Stevens]. I thought they had some good people."
The Celtics are the most successful franchise in NBA history with 17 championships to their name. To compensate for missing out on Durant, they picked up small forward Jaylen Brown in the NBA draft and look every bit the intriguing prospect the new Golden State forward has suggested.
If Durant doesn't pick up a championship ring come next June, will he regret his decision?