Sean Grande makes case for Boston as premier free-agent destination; Kevin Durant?
Celtics' radio announcer Sean Grande spoke to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich Tuesday about the team's chances of landing high-profile free-agents. Historically, the stigma put on the city of Boston, especially when it comes to the NBA, is that it lacks the appeal other major markets such as Los Angeles, New York and Miami. The draw to these other markets is obvious. Warm weather, nightlife or a combination of both make them sexier options than blue-collar Boston for free-agents.
Grande argues that what has previously made those cities so attractive is now overshadowed by on-court factors. Winning is now the sexy option for the premier players in the league and few teams can offer the combination of winning and available cap space to lure a top-tier player like the Celtics can this summer. Grande also added that a star like Kevin Durant is most likely looking for "a place with not just salary flexibility for [him], but roster flexibility to add a super-friend." Enter Boston: a team with cap flexibility, a solid base of players and a young but proven coach.
This doesn't hurt either:
Via @ESPNForsberg, Kevin Durant says "The tradition of being a Boston Celtic is second to none." pic.twitter.com/9CHtLJetEz— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) March 17, 2016
It's safe to say that as a fanbase, we are all aboard the KD-to-Boston train and if he truly does appreciate the city and team history, I think a familiar Boston sports slogan is applicable; "Why Not Us?"
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