While the chitchat of the Last Judgment might make you believe something else, the Celtics might actually be in a win-win situation when it comes to Al Horford.
Horford has the right to terminate the last year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It is widely believed that the experienced attacker will leave Boston, as he has allegedly lucrative, long-term offers that are elsewhere on the table in the league. Of course, this is not set in stone, but even if Horford decides to leave the Celtics, the franchise can find comfort in a silver lining emanating from its exit.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN have resolved on Tuesday the free action of Horford from the point of view of C and the five-time All-Star itself. The two experienced league insiders seem to believe that Danny Ainge and Co. are handling the situation properly.
"It's a source of big intrigues among the league's front offices, agents who want to find out who really has room for caps and whose caps are a phantom place because they have Al Horford," Wojnarowski said. "Al Horford is a smart player, he has a clever agent, Jason Glushon, you do not run away from Boston without knowing that there's anything out there and there's probably going to be a significant deal in four years, maybe over 1
Zach Lowe added," Smart Play by Boston, it's the right game, you have to keep going. "
The signing of Walker has reportedly become a legitimate option for the Celtics. After Boston was classified in a first report as a "Stealth Suitor" for the Sternpunktwache, a follow-up led the C up to the "front" for Walker's services. The UConn product would be a step above the consolation prize if both Horford and Kyrie Irving found a new home.
There is a seemingly endless list of positives that Horford brings to the Celtics who could certainly use him in the last year of his business. But at the end of the day, business is business.
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