Patriots' Terrance Knighton ready to resume Kevin Durant recruitment to Celtics

The Patriots' Terrance Knighton is ready to do his part to lure Kevin Durant to the Celtics. Getty Images

With good friend Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals, New England Patriots defensive lineman Terrance Knighton has paused his attempts to coerce the former MVP to join the Boston Celtics this summer.

But the Windsor, Connecticut, native who signed this offseason with the Patriots has pledged to resume his full-court press once Durant's season is over.

"I'm leaving him alone right now. Letting him finish up," Knighton told reporters earlier this week at Patriots' offseason training activities at Gillette Stadium.

"I love how he's playing. I hope that he wins [an NBA title], kind of hope that he doesn't. But as soon as the season's over, if he's hoisting the trophy or not, I'll be texting him every day, calling him, flying down to OKC. I'll be in his ear a lot. Trust me."

Knighton has previously noted how he and Durant clicked when introduced a few years back. Knighton visited Durant in Oklahoma City and posted some video of the two playing one-on-one at the team's practice facility.

While many have wondered whether Oklahoma City's strong playoff showing has made it more likely that Durant will re-sign with the Thunder when he reaches free agency this summer, the 6-foot-3, 354-pound Knighton says he's an expert at applying pressure.

Having Knighton in New England can't hurt. He played last season in Washington, Durant's hometown and another potential suitor this summer if the free agent explores his options.