Things could look very different for the Boston Celtics if Al Horford hadn’t given up his contract in 2019.
The team had just lost Kyrie Irving, and the Philadelphia 76ers offered him a massive four-year, $ 109 million contract to wrest him from their Eastern Conference rival. Unfortunately for Horford, the grass wasn’t greener in Philadelphia, and the team added Kemba Walker and defeated the 76ers in the NBA Playoffs in the bubble the following season.
Since then, the failed experiment has resulted in the 76ers sending the five-time NBA All-Star to the Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night. And starting Saturday, the Thunder announced a plan to shut down Horford for the rest of the year to save him for an offseason trade.
However, after all, many Celtics fans would welcome Horford with open arms. And it seems his family supports him.
“We would love to see him back in Boston,” his younger sister Anna Horford tweeted on Saturday after the news.
Horford is set to make $ 27.5 million, $ 27 million and $ 26.5 million over the next three seasons, including this season, suggesting that he may not want to be bought. Yet at the same time, it won’t be easy for the Thunder to ditch their contract at another team, which they reportedly plan to do.
But if the numbers work, we would love to see this meeting.
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