The Oklahoma City Thunder retooled their roster this summer and wants to continue to improve their line-up by acquiring Al Horford, according to the latest NBA free agency rumors.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN claims that the Thunder have been looking around the league for a possible salary dump with some of their high-salaried players. The move will allow them to sign Horford and Durant in free agency.
The NBA free agency rumors of Horford signing with the Thunder is a new one although OKC made the first major move this summer by sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. The Thunder received Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova, Domantas Sabonis in the trade.
According to the report, the Thunder can deal Enes Kanter and Kyle Singer, who earns about $17 million and $5 million, respectively and open salary cap space to sign someone like Horford. The salaries of Ilyasova and Anthony Morrow can be removed from the salary cap as well if they are waived before their salaries are guaranteed.
The Thunder are reportedly looking to make a splash in free agency to convince Kevin Durant that they are serious in winning the title and that the OKC superstar re-sign with the team this summer.
Horford played for Billy Donovan, who is the Thunder’s head coach, when the latter handled the Florida Gators in college basketball. The pair won two national championships, in 2006 and 2007.
NBA free agency rumors have linked Horford to a number of teams as the Atlanta Hawks are reportedly not willing to get him back on a long-term deal. The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, among others are reportedly interested in signing the big man from Dominican Republic.