5 hours ago
Al Horford-Resign or Let Walk?
What I think will Happen: Walks
What I want to Happen: Walks (possibly Resign)
Al Horford is another interesting Free Agent for the Celtics in the coming days. While I’ve heard reports that Horford’s decision won’t depend on Kyrie’s, I think it completely does. Horford is currently 33 years old, and is clearly in the later years of his career. It seems only logical that he wants a Championship to go out, and if Kyrie doesn’t stay then the chances of the Celtics winning it all in the next few years is extremely slim. It has also been reported that some GMs believe Horford could recover anywhere from $100-112M on a 4 year contract. Why I’d be open to paying something similar to this is that if Kyrie stays, they’ll automatically be over the Luxury Tax. Why not go even more over to keep him? This isn’t desirable, as I’d prefer to pay the core in a few years, but I’d be open to it if we’re in win now mode. Most likely we won’t even have to worry about this, as it looks like Kyrie is leaving for Brooklyn. If he does, then there’s no way I’d pay Horford this. Keep the max spot and pay someone younger, or just don’t spend the cap unless it’s on a cheap deal for Horford.
With all this being said, Boston loves Al. It seems to me that it’s best for both sides to move on. The Celtics will have more cap flexibility, and Horford can possibly go out with a ring.