After all the fireworks involved with the Kevin Durant meetings, all anyone can do now is wait. Danny Ainge and company brought out the big guns for the meeting including bringing Tom Brady to the Hamptons for their meeting. So now that the meeting is over, what's next?
Over the last few days Durant has met with several teams including the Thunder, Spurs, Warriors, Clippers, Celtics and finally the Heat on Sunday. Late last night, Durant had informed the media that he plans to announce his decision within the next 24-36 hours.
He has informed the Clippers that even with the meeting that "blew him away" he will not be taking his talents to Los Angeles. Good news for Celtics fans, as they survive one elimination.
Even though the meeting takes place today, it doesn't seem like Miami stands much of a chance to land Durant. He announced that he would make his decision before their meeting even took place. I understand that time frame still includes the meeting with the Heat, but it just did not seem like a good sign for South Beach.
That being said, the remaining teams include the Thunder, Celtics, Warriors and Spurs. I would love to sit here and say that this team is the favorite, or he is leaning towards this team, but the truth is no one knows. No one knows exactly what happened in those meetings or what Kevin Durant is currently thinking.
However, you have to believe that the Celtics chances of landing Durant have greatly improved with the weekend they had. Reports came out that Durant was looking to recruit Al Horford to Oklahoma City, so maybe Ainge sealed the deal when he signed Horford.
It turns out that Brady is Durant's favorite athlete, so maybe his presence can convince Durant just how special it is to play and win in Boston. Ortiz was also tweeting at Durant, which isn't as impactful as a sit down, but it definitely did not hurt their pitch.
So, with the biggest free agent signing coming on Saturday, could that be topped today, or maybe Monday? Whatever the case, Celtics fans should be very confident with the leaps this team has taken this offseason. The future looks bright for Boston.
By Matt Watts