Al Horford to Boston
Al Horford is no longer with Atlanta. He has signed with the Boston Celtics and immediately strengthens a playoff contender. I will let Woj give the details of the contract.
Al Horford plans to sign a four-year, $113M deal with the Boston Celtics, league sources tells @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
This is a great move by both Boston and Horford. Horford cashes in on his top 10 center status and may actually be in a position to contend for the ECF and just maybe (emphasis on maybe) contend for a championship. Let's take a look at Boston's potential rotation (assuming they bring back all of their FA's such as Sullinger and Zeller) next year
Boston Potential Rotation 2016-17
Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Demetrius Jackson
James Young, R. J. Hunter, John Holland
Abdel Nader, Rade Zagorac, Jaylen Brown,
Jonas Jerebko, Deyonta Davis, Ben Bentil, Guerschon Yabusele
Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Ante Zizic, Jared Sullinger, Tyler Zeller
I honestly think the Celtics could earn a top 4 seed and (best case scenario) make it to the ECF. Could they make the Finals? As it stands, I'm not sure if any team could beat the Cavs in a 7 game series. I'd have to wait until the season starts before I could make guesses and predictions.
Overall, Horford gives the Celtics an established star to pair with solid pieces in Crowder, Thomas, and Bradley. Some may point to the contract as being too much of an overpay, but in this FA market where role players are making more than $60 million dollars, an established star like Horford must make way more than role players. This was a great contract given the market in today's NBA and as such I give this signing an A-
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