The Boston Celtics are reportedly the emerging candidate to sign the free-agent center Al Horford. The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to sign Dwight Howard to a three-year deal worth $70.5 million, which basically means that they are letting Al Horford go.
The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA teams who are currently pursuing the Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant in free agency. Durant started to meet several NBA teams that could be his potential landing spot next season. There are speculations that Durant would like to team up with Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, who is also a free agent.
According to Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com, the Boston Celtics are reportedly the frontrunner to sign Al Horford in free agency. Acquiring Horford makes sense since it will lead to a higher chance to acquire Kevin Durant. However, the Celtics is not the only team with that way of thinking.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant’s current team, is also planning to acquire sign Al Horford in free agency. The Thunder believed that this would make Kevin Durant re-sign with their team. Recalling in the NBA draft, the Thunder traded Serge Ibaka for Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, and Domantas Sabonis.
Kevin Durant praised the Thunders’ decision and said that it was a good move. On the other hand, the Thunder is eyeing to trade Ernes Kanter to make room for Kevin Durant and Al Horford.
According to Kevin O’Connor of CSNNE.com, Evan Turner told the Boston Globe that Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is ‘confident’ that they would acquire Al Horford in free agency. If the Celtics succeed in signing Horford, he will surely bolster the team’s performance on both ends.
There are reports saying that the Boston Celtics are ready to give Al Horford a four-year deal worth $113 million max contracts. However, Brian Windhorst of ESPN and Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical revealed that the Atlanta Hawks are not yet giving up to re-sign the 30-year-old big man to their team.
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