Al Horford plans to sign a four-year, $113M deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
YAHOO – Free-agent forward Al Horford reached agreement on a four-year, $113 million maximum contract with the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical.
Horford had been a four-time All-Star in his nine season with the Atlanta Hawks, and his decision to join the Celtics gives Boston a chance to elevate itself in the Eastern Conference.
Boston met with Kevin Durant on Saturday in the Hamptons in Long Island, New York, and will try to sell Durant on joining Horford in the Celtics’ frontcourt. Durant spent part of the past week trying to persuade Horford to consider joining the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, but Horford didn’t want to risk Durant and Russell Westbrook leaving via free agency in the next year, league sources said.
Horford and the Atlanta Hawks negotiated throughout Saturday and couldn’t close the gap on Horford’s financial demands, sources said. Horford wanted a deal in the $140 million range, and the Hawks’ final offer fell several million short, league sources said.
Horford had been considering Boston, Washington and Atlanta in the final hours, sources said. At times, sources said, Horford had been more intrigued with the possibility of aligning with the Wizards’ backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, but ended up choosing the Celtics.
BOOOOOOOM!!! Big day for the Celtics. The deal is max contract contract for 4 years and $113M. I am sure once getting this confirmation, Ainge came running into the meeting with Durant like he was Charlie Buckets with the golden ticket. Brady is in the room, Horford is signed, Durant was originally thought to be a long shot but there is plenty of reason to be optimistic on KD.
Kevin Durant made it known that he wanted the Thunder to sign Horford, Horford opted not to even bother with OKC with the status of Durant and Westbrook up in the air when they hit free agency. Now that Horford is in Boston, this has skyrocketed the Celtics chance of landing KD.
Horford, 29, has averaged 14.3ppg, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game over the course of his 9 year career.
Now there is a report that Horford flew to Boston yesterday, then flew back to the Hamptons with Tom Brady, no way Brady didn’t convince Durant to come to Boston.[irp posts=”45975″ name=”The Celtics Step Up Their Game And Bring Patriot QB Tom Brady To Help Recruit Kevin Durant”]