The Boston Celtics have managed to rope in free agent center Al Horford on a four-year deal worth $113 million. The franchise is now eyeing to pair him with the big fish– Kevin Durant.
The arrival of the veteran center from Atlanta Hawks certainly makes Boston a better team. But the Celtics front office is aiming to attain more.
Boston has already settled a meeting with Kevin Durant in NBA free agency. They would go all-out offensive to land the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar to emerge as the best team of the Eastern Conference.
Why did Horford agree to Boston?
Horford spurned the Hawks to don Celtics’ colors. He was one of the top free agents this summer and was pursued by several rival teams in NBA free agency. Money wasn’t a factor for the star center, as he could have grabbed the same amount with other teams also.
Horford selected Boston as they are a kind of rising side he wants to play for. Celtics’ coach Brad Stevens has full faith on the center. Stevens is confident that Horford will fit in both sides of the court perfectly.
Will Kevin Durant join the Celtics?
There is a widespread notion that signing Horford may entice Kevin Durant to land in Boston. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald discussed the possibilities in a recent report and concluded that Boston has very little chance to acquire KD this summer.
“There is the expectation that Horford’s presence will help with the recruitment of Kevin Durant, but even with Tom Brady running the two-minute drill for the Celtics contingent in Saturday’s Hamptons meeting with the Thunder star, that issue may be moot. There is still the belief among many that he will return to Oklahoma City on at least a two-year contract with an opt-out after Year 1.”
Boston will get a chance to rope in Durant next summer when he is supposed to hit the NBA free agency again. Danny Ainge’s approach to rebuild may entice many stars to land in Boston in near future like Horford.
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