NBA rumors: Atlanta to trade off Al Horford to Boston Celtics

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Feb. 27, 2012 ATLANTA: The winner of the Professional Athlete of the Year, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and his wife Amelia Vega Horford arrive on the red carpet for the Atlanta Sports Awards at the Fox Theater, Monday, Feb 27, 2012. The couple were recently married. Curtis Compton

Al Horford is in love with the city of Atlanta. Horford earlier wanted to stay back at Atlanta Hawks. He also revealed his thoughts in the media.

“There are a lot of things that we need to address,” Horford said of his impending decision, according to the ESPN. “But the biggest thing for me is I feel good here. I have a great relationship with coach. That is important to me and my teammates. Atlanta is a city that welcomed me from the first day. … I like the way the team is going, I feel like we can win here.”

“I’m just going to wait and see what Coach and [general manager] Wes [Wilcox] feel like we need to do,” Horford said. “I’m sure they will talk to me at some point. Paul [Millsap] and some of our leaders, they usually run things by us. That is important to do. But they have some big decisions to make.”

Are the Hawks willing to trade off their veteran core this summer? If they do so, Horford will be the first person to be traded off. The All-Star center is 29, and shall turn 30 next season. After being swept by the Cavs in the playoffs, the Hawks may try to build a young team. Big decisions are on the cards in this regard.

And several other NBA teams are eyeing Horford. The Boston Celtics will have the cap space to offer a max contract to the All-Star with the salary cap increasing to around $92 million. In this season, Horford featured in all 82 games, and averaged 15.2 points, 3.2 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 32 minutes per game.

Will Horford don the colors of a new team? Both the Hawks and the center have a big decision to make this summer.

Photo Courtesy: Curtis Compton/

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