Celtics Bring Tom Brady For Durant Meeting
By Randy Renner, Senior Writer
The Boston Celtics remember when Kevin Durant sent a tweet a few years ago saying “Man, Tom Brady is like a perfect QB...seems like he never makes any mistakes.”
So today the man they call “Tom Terrific” is with the Celtics contingent in The Hamptons and will join the meeting with Durant.
It’s interesting the C’s would bring a football guy to a basketball meeting and one that represents UnderArmour no less instead of Nike but hey whatever they think might work and obviously based on that tweet KD has a lot of respect for Brady and what he’s accomplished.
Former OSU star Marcus Smart is there too along with Danny Ainge, Isaiah Thomas and we presume coach Brad Stevens and members of the Celtics ownership group.
Earlier today Durant met with a San Antonio Spurs delegation led by coach Gregg Popovich. The meeting was brief, lasting a little less than two hours but veteran reporters who’ve covered the Spurs say that’s generally the way they operate during these types of things.
Tomorrow Durant will sit down with Pat Riley and other members of the Miami Heat then the Thunder will finish things off with a second meeting.
Dion Waiters Update
Last we heard Dion Waiters and the Sacramento Kings were working on a big money offer sheet but this afternoon came word the Kings and shooting guard Arron Afflalo had reached agreement on a 2-year, $25 million deal and that Sacramento was also working on an offer for Courtney Lee so Waiters and the Kings may not be getting together after all.
The Chicago Bulls and Waiters’ hometown Philadelphia 76ers are also believed to be interested.
The Thunder’s Summer League team beat the Dallas Mavericks squad 86-85 to open play in Orlando. Cameron Payne hit a long 3-pointer with just 3.6 seconds to play to give OKC the win.
Payne scored 16 points on 6-for-14 shooting to lead the Thunder summer team. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Mitch McGary looked good, scoring 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting. McGary ran the floor well and played just more than 25 minutes.
This is a big summer for McGary, who because of injuries and other issues has fallen behind.
Center Dakari Johnson, a 2nd round pick of OKC’s in last year’s draft, had 12 points and nine rebounds. Former OU star Ryan Spangler did not play.
The Thunder are back in action at summer league tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock Oklahoma time taking on the LA Clippers.