Rumors and speculation are now swirling the Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford who had attracted different teams in his upcoming free agency.
Horford carried the Hawks with a 2-0 lead against the Celtics in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoff series. Many teams were ready to throw tons of money including the Brooklyn Nets who had strong pursuit in acquiring the Hawks center.
Brooklyn Nets hired Kenny Atkinson as their head coach, who had a good relationship with Horford, and expected to be the instrument in luring Al Horford to sign and play for the team.
Atkinson has deep ties to Al Horford. In addition to working with him as assistant, Atkinson is head coach of Horford's D.R. national team.
— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) April 17, 2016
But, according to CSNNE, Chris Vivlamore of Atlanta Journal Constitution said that the Hawks were ready to give him a max contract in his upcoming free agency but there were chances that Al Horford would not re-sign with his current team.
“I can’t get inside his mind to know if Miami is an attractive place for him, or are there other places that are attractive to him,” Vivlamore said via CSNNE. “The Hawks are prepared to offer him the max, he’s comfortable in this system. I would think it’s 90-percent that he’s staying, but that means there’s 10-percent that he wouldn’t.”
The stalward center, Al Horford, was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in 2007, and helped the team reach the playoffs. Before he came with the Hawks, the team was having an eight-year playoff drought.
Horford became a four-time NBA all-star and his tandem with Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap in the frontcourt was considered one of the most formidable in the NBA.
Al Horford will surely become a great asset to any team that would acquire him in his upcoming free agency. But for now, his main focus is to defeat the Boston Celtics in their playoff series and bring the Atlanta Hawks to a higher level.
Chances about Al Horford trade rumors will be expected to get higher if the Atlanta Hawks failed to dominate the Eastern Conference and be unable to grab the 2016 NBA championship title.
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