Al Horford decided to leave the Atlanta Hawks in free agency and sign a max contract with the Boston Celtics. According to the latest NBA rumors, there are three main reasons why Horford chose the Celtics instead of the Hawks.
The 30-year-old has spent nine years in Atlanta after getting drafted third overall in 2007. He helped the Hawks to nine straight playoff appearances while being named an NBA All-Star four times. But why did he leave the Hawks?
Horford’s father, Tito, revealed in an interview with the Boston Globe that the Celtics fans played a part in convincing his son to change uniform. He mentioned that Al was frustrated in seeing the Hawks’ home court having empty seats even though they became playoff contenders.
“There wasn’t as much motivation for him when he saw all the empty seats when they were winning. He said to me, ‘Dad, when we were playing Boston, they were down 15 points and they were cheering their team like they were winning the game. They’re so into the game.’ This is special for us, especially for him,” Tito Horford said.
Another reason for Horford to leave Atlanta is the presence of Dwight Howard, who signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with the Hawks. Ken Berger of CBS Sports noted in his report that Horford did not want to play with Howard.
Dwight is known for his jokester personality and immaturity issues which give the Hawks some locker room drama. Horford did not want to be a part of it and he left to join a great organization like the Celtics.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Hawks believed that Horford will re-sign with them. However, they were $6 million apart and their franchise center signed a four-year, $113 million deal with Boston.
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