Patriots QB Tom Brady on hand for Celtics' meeting with Kevin Durant

ByChris Forsberg ESPN logo
Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Boston Celtics called in the area's most famous athlete to help with their sales pitch to free agentKevin Durant.

A photo emerged on social media ofNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Bradywalking alongside Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge on Saturday afternoon in the Hamptons, where the team was scheduled to meet with the coveted former MVP. Also in Boston's recruitmentsquad were co-owner Steve Pagliuca and players Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.

Coach Brad Stevens and players Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder were also expected to be part of Boston's pitch.

Back in September 2011, Durant tweeted, "Man Tom Brady is like a perfect QB...seems like he never makes any mistakes."

Brady wasn't the only Boston-area champion who wanted to help woo Durant to town, asBoston Red Sox slugger David Ortiztook to Twitter to chip in.

The Celtics, armed with enough cap space to pursue two max-contract players this summer, reached agreement with Al Horford on Saturday, according to sources.

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