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Tom Brady does his job in Kevin Durant meeting

07.03.16 at 8:54 am ET
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He did his part.

According to multiple reports, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left a positive impression on Kevin Durant during his participation in the meeting with the free agent forward Saturday.

Joining Brady in the meeting was co-owner Steve Pagliuca, president Danny Ainge and Celtics players Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk. Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder were also expected to be attendance.

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz also tried to do his part.

Full Court Press: James Young has another chance to impress in summer league, Guerschon Yabusele is a ‘big dancing bear’

07.02.16 at 10:36 pm ET
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James Young speaks to reporters before heading out for his third straight Summer League season. (Mike Petraglia/

James Young speaks to reporters before heading out for his third straight summer league season. (Mike Petraglia/

James Young is determined to make this summer different. 

The 17th overall pick of the Celtics in the 2014 NBA draft has been slowed by injuries in his first two offseasons, as he has tried to make the right impression on Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge in summer league action. 

Still just 20 years old, Young is starting to feel a little urgency to make a name for himself as the team has drafted the likes of Jaylen Brown, Demetrius Jackson, Ben Bentil and Guerschon Yabusele. All four of those players will join Young on the Celtics’ 2016 summer league squad, which begins action Monday in Salt Lake City against the Sixers. 

Remarkably, Young is the only player on the 14-player roster who will be playing his third straight summer league for the Celtics. 

“I barely played the first two I was here both years so why not come back for a third and play a full? So that’s why I’m here just to do, just go out there and play basketball,” Young said Friday. “I’ve just been working on my overall game. Nothing specific, just everything. And everything’s starting to come together. I’m just ready to go out there and just play strong.”

Last year in summer league, Young averaged just 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in five games. He struggled badly from the field, shooting just 27.1 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc. This season, he bounced back and forth between Maine and Boston over 10 times, appearing in three of the Celtics’ six playoff games while averaging 14.8 and 5.6 rebounds in 16 games for the Red Claws. 

“The thing about it is you think James has been forever,” said Micah Shrewsberry, who will coach Young and the Celtics summer team in Utah. “Man, he’s still 20 years old. I looked at different rosters the other day. James is still younger than almost everybody on Utah’s roster. He’s a young guy. He’s still learning. He’s been great. We’re trying, with an opportunity like this, for him to be able to use his voice more, something that he doesn’t do during the season when the older guys are doing a lot more talking. He can do that a little bit, he can lead, kind of come out of his shell a little bit. And then get more opportunities to play, show what he can do, have fun with it.”

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Celtics agree with former Hawks big man Al Horford on 4-year, $113 million deal, land marquee free agent

07.02.16 at 7:24 pm ET
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Al Horford is coming to the Celtics, and he wants everyone to know it.

The free agent big man agreed to a four-year, $113 million contract on Saturday night and immediately took to his official Twitter account to celebrate.

Eagle-eyed Celtics fans will notice exactly 18 shamrocks in that tweet. That’s the number the C’s will have if they win another one.

Horford, 30, averaged 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last year. He helped lead the Hawks past the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs in six games before being swept out of the playoffs by the Cavaliers.

The four-time All-Star gives the Celtics something they’ve lacked during the Brad Stevens era — a mobile big man who can defend the rim as well as the pick and roll, while also scoring inside, from medium range, and even from 3-point land.

He’s considered a winning player who does all the little things, from passing out of double teams to setting solid screens. He helped lead the Hawks to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference in 2014-15 and a trip to the conference finals, where they fell to the Cavaliers.

Horford’s arrival gives the Celtics a fighting chance on another front, as well. They met with free agent Kevin Durant on Saturday night in the Hamptons, and the two players are good friends. While the Celtics remain a long shot to sign Durant, Horford certainly helps their cause.

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Red Sox star David Ortiz tweets support of Boston and Celtics at Kevin Durant

07.02.16 at 7:15 pm ET
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Tom Brady isn’t the only superstar athlete hoping to lure Kevin Durant to Boston. David Ortiz got in on the fun on Saturday, too.

Brady reportedly attended the meeting with Durant and his representatives in the Hamptons on Saturday. Ortiz obviously had other commitments, with the Red Sox hosting the Angels, so he tweeted his support instead.

According to the Boston Globe, the Celtics’ meeting with Durant had ended by 7 p.m.

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Report: Hawks appear to be overtaking Celtics in Al Horford sweepstakes

07.02.16 at 7:10 pm ET
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Not so fast on Al Horford, Celtics fans.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski hears the Hawks believe they’ll be able to retain the free agent big man, who already has a max offer from the Celtics.

The problem is the most the Celtics can offer Horford is four years and $113 million, whereas the Hawks can extend to a fifth year and $153 million. To fit Horford on their roster, the Hawks would likely need to deal fellow big man Paul Millsap, and Wojnarowski reports the All-Star forward has drawn considerable interest.

If the Celtics lose out on Horford, they’ll have limited options in free agency … barring a miracle signing of Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant.

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Tom Brady joins Celtics brass in Hamptons to recruit Kevin Durant

07.02.16 at 3:37 pm ET
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It appears the Celtics have brought in one of the biggest starts in Boston to help recruit Kevin Durant.

In a photo tweeted by CSNNE’s Abby Chin, Tom Brady is with Danny Ainge and the Celtics crew in the Hamptons to recruit Kevin Durant.

Also seen in the photo were Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynyk.

Durant reportedly met with the Thunder and Clippers on Friday, the Spurs Saturday morning and then will meet with the Heat on Sunday.

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Al Horford reportedly deciding between Celtics, Wizards; C’s said to ‘have a really good chance’

07.02.16 at 1:09 pm ET
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Al Horford

Al Horford

It appears the Celtics have a good chance at landing free agent Al Horford.

According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics and the Wizards have become the favorites to sign Horford. The forward could sign a four-year, $113-million contract with the Celtics, as they were expected to issue a maximum offer. 

The Boston Herald added the Celtics “have a really good chance to get him.” The organization met with Horford on Friday night and apparently the meeting went well.

The Celtics and the rest of the NBA will likely know what Horford decides Saturday night as that is what he’s telling teams, this according to The Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

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