Al Horford to Sign with Celtics: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

July 2nd, 2016 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

Coveted free-agent center Al Horford reached an agreement with the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Horford announced his decision on Twitter:

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Horford "relented on the late [Atlanta] Hawks push" and informed Boston he will sign a max deal with it. According to Wojnarowski, the contract is expected to be a four-year, $113 million pact, which can become official July 7. 

Wojnarowski added there was "tremendous momentum for [the] Hawks in [the] final hours." However, the two sides were $6 million apart, per Wojnarowski. Brian Windhorst of reported Atlanta's offer "topped out" at five years and $136 million.

Kevin Durant had also been recruiting Horford to Oklahoma City, per Wojnarowski, but Horford moved on from the Thunder with no guarantee that Durant and Russell Westbrook would be with the team in the long term.

Al Horford's father, Tito Horford, discussed part of the reason his son elected to join the Celtics, per Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe:

“There wasn’t as much motivation for him when he saw all the empt ...

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