While the doomsday chatter might lead you to believe otherwise, the Celtics actually might find themselves in a win-win situation when it comes to Al Horford.
Horford is eligible for the final year of his contract and becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. It's becoming consensus-belief in the veteran forward will depart Boston, as reportedly has lucrative, long-term offers on the table elsewhere around the league. This, obviously, is not in stone, but even if Horford elects to leave the Celtics, the franchise can take solace in a silver lining that will come from his exit.
ESPNs Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe on Tuesday broke down Horford's free agency from the viewpoint of both the C's and the five-time All-Star himself. The pair of veteran league insiders seem to believe Danny Ainge and Co. are the situation the correct way.
"It is a source of great intrigue among front offices all over the league, agents who are trying to figure out who really has space and whose cap space is phantom because they have Al Horford slotted in there," Wojnarowski said. “All Horford is a smart player, he's got a smart agent, Jason Glushon. They are not walking away from Boston without knowing that there is something significant out there and that significant deal is probably at four years, perhaps over $ 1
Signing Walker reportedly has become a legitimate possibility for the Celtics. After an initial report, Boston pegged as a "stealth suitor" for the star point guard, following Vaulted the C's all the way up to "at the front line" for Walker's services. The UConn product would be a step above a consolation prize if both Horford and Kyrie Irving find new homes.
There is a seemingly endless list of the positive Horford brings to the Celtics, who could certainly use him in the final year of his deal. But at the end of the day, business is business.
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