7. Al Horford, Boston Celtics
Longtime Atlanta Hawks big man Al Horford inked a four-year deal with the Boston Celtics this offseason, which is worth $113 million. Horford adds a veteran presence to an already-exciting Celtics’ roster.
Horford is a four-time NBA All-Star, and should mesh well with the young talent that Boston possesses. Horford averaged 15.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 32 minutes per game in his final season in Atlanta. While leaving the only franchise he had ever played for was tough, Horford said last month that he saw the potential in joining Boston.
"“It wasn’t an easy decision for me but I think at the end Boston just felt it was the best fit for me when looking at everything from their players top to bottom, the amount of players they had, and the potential there.”"
Horford was coveted on the market, as Atlanta tried to retain him, and the Oklahoma City Thunder once had aspirations of signing him as well. Boston landed him though, and he figures to play a large role for his new team. It will be interesting to see how Horford’s game expands in Boston, as adding him to a roster of intriguing young players was a prudent move by Danny Ainge.
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