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Report: C’s favorites to get Horford… if he’s traded at all

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics

Al Horford is on the trading block.


But maybe not.

However if he is… which he’s not right now… the Celtics are apparently in the lead to get him.

The Atlanta Hawks have not made a decision on whether they will trade Al Horford but a league source tells that the Boston Celtics have emerged as one of the favorites to land him if the Hawks decide to part ways with the veteran forward.

Horford, a four-time All-Star, is in the final year of a five-year, $60 million deal that pays him $12 million for this final season.

The Hawks, apparently, haven’t even really decided yet if Horford is available at all. They’re the 4th seed in the East right now, a game behind Boston. They’re still a good team that could easily make the Eastern Conference Finals.

However Horford will be a free agent. He’ll also turn 30 in June which is no big deal right now, but it gives people pause when it comes to offering a potential 5-year maximum deal.

Almost everyone will have money to spend this summer, and Horford will be an attractive free agent regardless of all this. The team that holds his Bird Rights (which go with him in a trade) can offer a 5-year deal with 7.5% raises while an outside team can only offer 4-years at 4.5% raises. Is he worth that kind of money?

I guess it depends on what kind of offer the Celtics will give Atlanta. What combination of players and picks will it take for them to pry Horford from the Hawks? How much are they willing to risk for a guy who might bolt after a few months?

Personally, I’m all for Horford if it doesn’t cost any of the Brooklyn picks and it doesn’t involve Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, or Marcus Smart. I’d like it to not involve Kelly Olynyk either, but, I’m resigned to the possibility because Atlanta will want at least something of value in return and just cap space and a mid-round pick won’t do it.

Regardless, Horford is this much closer to being a Celtic… if he’s traded. Which he might not be. Because Atlanta doesn’t know if they’ll move him yet.


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  • TMC

    It will be hard to make the salary cap numbers to work with Horford. Lee makes enough that if we use him plus Sullinger/Zeller/Olynyk plus a pick, we will have to take another player back (based on my ameteurish understanding of the cap rules)

    • Curt Hays

      My prediction is that if we send the David Lee, he’ll have a resurgence on their team, and people will be PISSED.

      • TMC

        Maybe, but they shouldn’t be. He wasn’t a fit in our system. If we can upgrade using his contract, great. We can’t regret his game improving because it works better in another system.

        I’m thinking of it like a Kevin Love-like situation, I’m sure that Cleveland fans would be pissed if he goes somewhere else then starts putting up 22 & 12s again, but you can’t expect him to produce that in Cleveland when he is relegated to a role that doesn’t suit him.

        • DC Swish

          Couldn’t agree more. ^

    • zippittyay

      Swap out Amir Johnson who makes the same and add a non-BKN pick or two.

    • zippittyay

      Lee and someone else to Bulls for Pau. David Lee would do much better in Chicago’s system than ours.

  • Curt Hays

    Whatever. Can we get back to playing now?

    • Eisenhorn1976

      I’m all for this! The biggest game-relevant news is that Kelly might be out for a while (he’s not with the team at Utah and is supposedly now seeking a 2nd opinion on his shoulder — that’s bad) — but it’s drowned out by these fantasy trades.

      • Curt Hays

        Kelly’s ligaments got stretched when he made that contact. Less painful than a dislocation, but it’s still loose. Ligaments don’t shrink back, so it’s a real problem. He’ll miss significant time.

        • Eisenhorn1976

          I was hoping it wouldn’t turn out that way but when it first happened, I was almost sure he would miss a bit of time. Ainge has now said he’ll be out a few weeks. Damn.

  • GH

    Call me crazy but would it even be possible for the C’s to get Love and AH?

    • MJ

      Possible but not likely. I’m rooting for it though.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Al’s age scare’s me a little, cause you’d need to extend him 4/5 years at max dough. He is in his peak right now though. I like Hortford over Love. The guy I’d like to have who is supposedly being shopped is Okafor. He’s had drama off the court, but offensively- he’s already a stud and only gonna get better. Would love to see DA pull off something special, but I also love this current team and wouldn’t mind seeing what they can accomplish.

    I’ve had this weird feeling for like 2 years that the C’s end up with Rudy Gay.

    • Eisenhorn1976

      Oh no… Rudy Gay on the Celtics would be like Jeff Green X 2. No please.

      Al Horford’s age scares me too — plus the fact the he’s already had two recent-ish seasons (2011-2012 and 2013-2014) when he’s missed over 50 games due to injury. How do we know his injury bug won’t rear its ugly head? As Celtics fans, we should be wary of a Jermaine O’Neal-type situation.

  • Adam Stark

    Trade idea:
    Boston revives Horford and Love.
    Cavs get Anderson, Korver and Grizzly pick from Boston.
    Hawks get Lee, Zeller, Young, Dallas pick and bostons own pick.
    Pelicans get Jarebko, Sullinger and the Minnie pick.
    I don’t see the Hawks going for it but if this worked the C’s would get a great front court and get to keep the Nets pick.