Horford Makes Decision – July 2

Al Horford took to Twitter Saturday night and announced that he will be signing a max contract with the Boston Celtics. The deal is worth $113 million over four years.

Horford’s Decision Will Be Made Tonight – July 2

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards “have emerged as front-runners to sign” the 6-11 forward. His decision will be made tonight, and Horford is hoping to land a max contract that would be worth an estimated $113 million over four years.

Horford returning to the Hawks is looking slimmer after the team announced their signings of Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore for $70.5 and $70 million, respectively.

Horford Drawing Serious Interest – Jun 22

After finishing his ninth year with the Atlanta Hawks, center Al Horford is set to hit the free-agent market, and will be one of the top signees this summer. It’s debatable that he’s the top center in a class that includes Andre Drummond and Hassan Whiteside, and Marc Stein reported that the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Horford’s services.

The 29-year-old Dominican is fresh off a year that saw him average 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. He appeared in his second straight all-star game — fourth overall — and played in all 82 games for the first time in his career. The numbers may not be gaudy, but at times Horford was the third option behind Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague; possibly even the fourth if the Hawks are running a set designed for Kyle Korver.

Although Horford had a solid individual season, Atlanta regressed severely after their scintillating 60-win season in 2015 and finished with just 48 wins this year. Horford appeared in all ten postseason games for the Hawks but averaged just 13.4 points, 6.5 rebounds before Atlanta got swept in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Regardless of where he goes, Horford will likely receive a max contract because he’s been remarkably consistent since entering the league. Along with consistency, versatility is another asset that Horford possesses. In an evolving NBA, versatile players are key to a team’s success, and the ability to play both the center and power forward positions helps Horford’s case tremendously.

At 6-10, 245 he has the size to bang in the post, but also has quick feet and athleticism that allows him to matchup with stretch-fours. He’s averaged 1.2 blocks per game for his career and swatted a career-best 121 shots in his most recent campaign, proving him as a strong rim protector and interior presence.

To boot, his offensive game is becoming more all-around. With 88 threes made at 34 percent, Horford is a threat from downtown that just cannot be overlooked by opponents — that percentage ballooned to 38 in the playoffs.

If a team were to strikeout on Kevin Durant, Mike Conley, or DeMar DeRozan, I’m sure they wouldn’t be upset with bringing 2007’s third overall pick.

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