Report: Al Horford leaving Celtics, agrees with 76ers
NBA.com Global on Jul 01, 2019 09:24 AM
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 5: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics celebrates against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Three of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 5, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.(Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Al Horford was a prime free agent catch for the Boston Celtics three seasons ago, marking the beginning of their ascent toward Eastern Conference contention.
After a surprisingly turbulent season that ended in a five-game "gentleman's sweep" at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Horford will reportedly be attempting to boost a division rival over the top.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Horford has agreed to a four-year, $109 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Horford contract has $97M guaranteed and $12M in bonuses tied to championships, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/9ayQXSUaiU— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
Last season, the 33-year-old Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 blocks, shooting 53.5 percent from the field and 36.0 percent from deep -- right in line with his career averages even as he played a career-low 29.0 minutes per game.
A versatile big, the 6-foot-10 Horford can easily slot at either the 4 or 5, adept at playing in multiple offensive styles as need be. In Philadelphia, he'd slot alongside All-NBA center Joel Embiid -- who stands 7-foot -- and Tobias Harris (6-foot-9) in a towering front line that should present matchup problems and difficult decisions for opposing defenses.