Report: Al Horford declines player option, has ‘interest' in new Celtics deal


The Boston Celtics' next offseason domino has fallen.

Horford will not exercise his $30.1 million player option with the Celtics and will become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday.

As Wojnarowski notes, Horford still can re-sign with Boston on a new deal and reportedly has interest in doing so. Or, if he's not sold on playing with the Celtics' young core, he could try to chase a ring by signing with a contender. 

Horford, 33, averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in the 2018-19 season as one of the most efficient big men in the league. He shot 53.5% from the field, 36% from three and 82.1% from the free throw line. Horford cracked the top-20 in the league in effective field goal percentage, box plus/minus and offensive rating. 

As Chris Forsberg notes, just because Horford opted out, that doesn't mean it's the end of the line for the big man in Boston, as he seems to be on board with the Celtics' youth movement. Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald also noted Horford's affinity for Boston.

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