Celtics, Wizards Frontrunners For Al Horford

1:21pm: The Hawks have upped their proposal to include a fifth year, but Atlanta is still not offering Horford a maximum salary, Zach Klein of WSB Atlanta tweets.

10:23am: The competition to sign veteran Al Horford is heating up, with the Celtics and Wizards emerging as the frontrunners to land the big man, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Horford is expected to make his final decision this evening and may be in line for a deal valued at four-years and $113MM, adds the Vertical scribe.

The 30-year-old pared down the list of teams he is considering this morning, according to Wojnarowski. Horford has reportedly met with the Rockets and one other unnamed team besides the C’s and Wizards, possibly the Hawks, though the Thunder and several other franchises were also believed to be in the hunt for his services.

The Hawks, who committed more than $140MM to Kent Bazemore and Dwight Howard on Friday, reportedly remain in the hunt for Horford, though Atlanta had yet to pony up a max offer as of  late Friday night. Atlanta has reportedly been involved in trade talks that would help the team clear the space necessary to bring back the veteran, if he still wants to return. A Paul Millsap trade is a possibility, with Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reporting that a trade involving Millsap and Suns draft picks has been “pondered” in recent days.

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.

Which team would be a better fit for Horford — Washington or Boston? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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RedSoxFreak85
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RedSoxFreak85
2 months 27 days ago

Boston!

Brian
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Brian
2 months 27 days ago

Celtics are a perfect fit and WAY better than Wizards, who just paid Beal millions more than C’s pay Bradley+Thomas+ Crowder! It’s just too bad Horford isn’t going to be at the Durant meeting…

Shhmoe
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Shhmoe
2 months 27 days ago

Wizards better fit wall and al holford tough to defend that pick and roll and open up space too

Shane
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Shane
2 months 27 days ago

Detroit. GO TO DETROIT.

Cile
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Cile
2 months 27 days ago

Hoped he’d go to Houston. Of the 2 mentioned, I hope he goes to WIzards.

Howard
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Howard
2 months 27 days ago

Boston where they are 1 or 2 players away from being a serious contender. Horford defensively is a fit in Boston and will be the big offensively needed to clear the lane for inside out game they play. Brad Stevens could do wonders with a guy like Horford!

jrome
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jrome
2 months 27 days ago

I think the wizards cuz him wall an beal then alongside Gortart plus few off the bench with length in Porter an oubrey

Z-A
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Z-A
2 months 27 days ago

Only the Thunder make sense from a career standpoint. They’re all offering similar money I imagine. But Celtics – Hawks – Wizards, bottom half of the NBA East Playoffs year after year. Going to the Thunder he’d play that stretch 4 type w/his ability to shoot the 3. Keeping Adams/Kanter at the 5 or they move Kanter to a desperate team for a bag of balls.

Connorsoxfan
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Connorsoxfan
2 months 27 days ago

Well I wonder if his logic with going to Boston would be “Hey look I’m here! See! People sign here! Come play with me!”. Which is a possibility, and he could draw someone next year. Not sure how the market is looking next year.

Jmoney
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Jmoney
2 months 27 days ago
Kanter would have to be moved to fit Al’s salary, unless you’re assuming KD is gone? OKC guaranteed Morrow and Ilyasova’s contracts meaning they are over 70 million in salaries now and would have to go over the cap to resign KD. Obviously they can sign Al first, then go into the luxury to resign KD with his bird rights, but 1) i don’t think a small market team would do that, and 2) they would lose either Adams and Oladipo both next year when they can’t afford to max either out OR Westbrook. They won’t be able to hand… Read more »
lakersfan27
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lakersfan27
2 months 26 days ago

They’ll just clear cap space after the season starts. I’m sure they will be able to find a taker on kanter. Maybe they throw Payne in to sweeten any potential deal.

JT19
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JT19
2 months 26 days ago

Agreed. For all of Kanter’s defensive shortcomings, he looked passable in the playoffs and his offensive game is a good fit with any team really since he isn’t an Al Jefferson/Jahlil Okafor slow-it-down type of big.

bravesfan
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bravesfan
2 months 27 days ago

Lets go hawks

Ravens_Last_Place
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Ravens_Last_Place
2 months 27 days ago

Go to Wizards to win. Boston is not winning soon.

Connorsoxfan
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Connorsoxfan
2 months 27 days ago

Literally every single comment I’ve ever seen you post is negative towards Boston… Plus, if Horford comes, guys would be more inclined to go to Boston anyways.

tobyharrah1977
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tobyharrah1977
2 months 26 days ago

I agree with Connorsoxfan. You’re a Celtics hater. If you think the Wizards are better than the Celtics you need your head examined.

Sports Genius 187
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Sports Genius 187
2 months 26 days ago

Wizard missed playoffs dumbass

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