Celtics Sign Al Horford

JULY 8: The Celtics have officially announced the signing of Horford, who says in a statement that he’s “extremely excited” to be heading to Boston.

JULY 2: The Celtics plan to sign Al Horford to a four-year, $113MM deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Horford, on his verified account, changed his avatar to the Celtics’ logo and tweeted, “Celtics Pride,” in an unsubtle way of announcing the agreement.NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls

The signing is a coup for the Celtics, who have not landed a free agent in his prime in quite some time, as Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe relays. The decision is also somewhat surprising, given that the Hawks appeared to have momentum to re-sign the veteran, according to Wojnarowksi, who just minutes prior reported the Celtics figured Horford would stay in Atlanta. Alas, the Hawks and Horford were $6MM apart on a deal, Wojnarowski tweets.

Interestingly, there was also a time when Horford preferred to sign with the Wizards, per Wojnarowski. What’s more, the Thunder pitched to Horford, but he turned them down because there was no assurance that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would be there long-term, Wojnarowski tweets. Horford also reportedly had some level of interest from the Lakers, Magic, Pistons, and Nets, but those teams were never serious suitors for the veteran big man.

In Horford, the Celtics now have one of the better big men in the league. The longtime Hawk leaves the franchise he joined as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft, and the city in which developed into a four-time All-Star. Horford appeared in all 82 regular season games for Atlanta this past season, averaging 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 32.1 minutes per night. His shooting line was .505/.344/.798.

We ranked Horford as this year’s No. 3 free agent, behind only Durant and LeBron James. This is turning out to be a big weekend for Boston, which hosted Durant Saturday and still as the cap flexibility to land the superstar, as Bobby Marks of The Vertical points out on Twitter.

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Connorsoxfan
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Connorsoxfan
2 months 22 days ago

Yes!!!!!!!!!

fmfish12
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fmfish12
2 months 22 days ago

KD->Boston

333ddd1
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333ddd1
2 months 22 days ago

I can’t stop you from dreaming

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 22 days ago

Great pick up by them. Congrats Celtics and Celtics fans. Hope they get Durant. Do not want to see Durant go to the Warriors or Clippers.

kylewait89
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kylewait89
2 months 22 days ago

My opinion, it’s Boston or back to OKC with OKC the heavy favorite.

dlevin11
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dlevin11
2 months 22 days ago

Probably overpaid for Horford but quality players cost bucks.

Bbone34
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Bbone34
2 months 22 days ago

When you look at the money Batum and Beal got it starts to make a little more sense.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 22 days ago

its more like $18-19 million per under the old cap

jrwhite21
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jrwhite21
2 months 22 days ago

Thank. God.

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 22 days ago
Even if they dont get Durant, which I still see as a possibility if he actually leaves OKC (which I dont think will happen this year), Boston is going to be really, really good next year. I think they’ll be a very good defensive team. They still have a lot of cap room, so if they dont get KD, they can either save that for a potential acquisition later, or use it to fill out the roster now. They also still have to resolve the restricted free agency of a couple of their bigs (Tyler Zeller and Jarred Sullinger), and… Read more »
CursedRangers
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CursedRangers
2 months 22 days ago

It’s a good signing by Boston, but wow these salaries are nuts

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 22 days ago

the revenue coming into the NBA is nuts. Deals reflect that. Remember, its not the money, its the percentage of the cap

BlueBlood1217
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BlueBlood1217
2 months 22 days ago

Oh HELL YEAH

BlueBlood1217
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BlueBlood1217
2 months 22 days ago

Oh HELL YEAH

kylewait89
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kylewait89
2 months 22 days ago
If you are a fan of Bill Simmons podcast, watch out! This guy is about to gush and lose his mind over the acquisition of Horford who he has wanted for the C’s for a couple years now. It may not result in the acquisition of another big name guy but it will make them a contender as long as Horford is healthy. Even better is if they can have someone to play Center and push Horford to the 4. This current team may need him more at the 5 but he has always been a much better player at… Read more »
Mike Query
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Mike Query
2 months 22 days ago

LOL

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