Rumors and speculations are now spreading about the Atlanta Hawks’ decision to sign Houston Rockets center to sign Dwight Howard once they failed to re-sign Al Horford who will become an unrestricted free agent.
After the disappointing loss against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Atlanta Hawks are expected to make a huge adjustment in their roster. There are rumors that this will be including trading other players and signing a new one.
Based on a previous report, Dwight Howard is expected to opt out his $23.2 million play option in the 2016-17 NBA season and explore the free agency market to seek a new team. The dispute between the Rockets and Howard continue and there is a greater possibility for him and James Harden to part ways.
The Rockets are targeting Al Horford in free agency and they are ready to throw tons of money in order to acquire him for their team. The Rockets believe that Horford will be a much effective tandem with Harden than Howard, who gained many criticisms in the recent season. Many have noticed Howard’s lacks seriousness in the game resulting for the team’s poor performance.
“There were times I was disinterested because of situations that happened behind the scenes that really hurt me. It left me thinking, ‘This is not what I signed up for.'”
However, the rumors about Al Horford may stop after the Hawks center expressed his intention to re-sign with the team.
“I’m not thinking about (the future)” Horford said via Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We just had a tough loss. My main priority tomorrow is to meet with the team and the coaches one last time (for the season) and go from there and figure out how we can be a better group.”
“It means a lot,” Horford said of Atlanta. “I’ve set up here with my family. We all live here. We live here in the summer. We live here year-round. I’m very grateful for all the people here. They have taken me in from the very first day, even though I was a Gator. They loved me. I really love the city.”
Still, the decision will be up to the Hawks management if they are willing to take the risk having a new center like Dwight Howard for the next season or they will continue improving their team with Al Horford on their side.
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