WALTHAM, Mass. — Free agency, and the Celtics’ first official pitch to Kevin Durant, is two days away.

It’s a time when everyone in the organization from Danny Ainge to Isaiah Thomas can polish their recruitment points. In truth, the latter began his efforts a while ago, with a quickly deleted tweet once Durant’s season ended with a Game 7 conference finals loss to Golden State.

Marcus Smart has a connection, too. While at Oklahoma State, Smart visited Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. They in turn came to watch him at OSU. It’s thin, perhaps, but Smart is willing to try.

“If I get his number,” the Celtics’ guard said with a laugh after arriving at Brandeis University for the start of his annual summer camp.

Though he won’t play in summer league competition for the first time since joining the Celtics two years ago, Smart’s time is about to accelerate anyway – on one hand with an international session of his camp in the Canary Islands, and on the other as a member of the USA Basketball Select Team that will train against the Olympic squad in late July.

In the meantime, the Celtics are about to go through a fresh round of growing pains – if Ainge is able to succeed in free agency and the trade market.

News that the Celtics were considering point guard Kris Dunn with the third pick in the draft made Smart pause – the Providence star would have been the third first-round point guard drafted by Ainge since Smart in 2014 – but he shrugged it off.

“That was weird because Danny being a defensive-minded guy, so you kind of would’ve thought that was where he was going,” said Smart. “We were excited for whoever we got and we are excited with the picks that Danny has picked, and the front office, and we’re ready to go.”

But count Smart as already impressed by one aspect of his new teammate, Jaylen Brown, who arrived with that third overall pick. It has something to do with what Brown said about wanting to rip an opponent’s head off.

Not even Smart could have articulated his own approach to the game so well.

“I laughed. I like it. I like it. And I think Danny loves it,” he said, already familiar with Brown’s playing style.

CAVALIERS: LeBron James is about to hit the free-agent market and stay right at home.

James declined his $24 million player option for next season Wednesday but has made it clear he does not plan to leave Cleveland.

MAGIC: Orlando extended qualifying offers to swingman Evan Fournier and center Dewayne Dedmon, giving the team the right to match any offer sheet either player receives from another team.

The Magic acquired guard Jodie Meeks from Detroit for a 2019 conditional second-round pick. Meeks played only three games last season because of a foot injury.

TRAIL BLAZERS: The team extended qualifying offers to guard Allen Crabbe and forwards Myers Leonard and Maurice Harkless.

THUNDER: Oklahoma City will play two preseason games in Spain – against Real Madrid on Oct. 3 and FC Barcelona Lassa on Oct. 5.