The Boston Celtics have signed middle Al Horford to a contract extension.
Per the Boston Herald, “the C’s didn’t disclose phrases of the deal, however in line with a number of reviews, it’s a two-year, $20 million extension that may hold Horford in Boston by the 2024-25 season, when he turns 39. The middle’s $26.5 million wage for 2022-23 now turns into absolutely assured with the deal.”
Horford (6-9, 240) has appeared in 295 video games (all begins) with the Celtics and averaged 12.5 factors, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists whereas taking pictures 49.5 p.c from the sphere throughout his two stints with the group from 2016-2019 and rejoined the group previous to the 2021-22 season.
“Al is such an vital a part of our group,” mentioned Brad Stevens, President of Basketball Operations. “He’s a high-level participant who enhances everybody round him on each ends of the court docket. His work ethic, dedication to his physique and craft, and his unselfishness set a every day instance on methods to win large within the NBA. His management has had a huge impact on the coaches and gamers he’s competed alongside right here in Boston, and we’re excited that he and his household are selecting to stay Celtics for years to return.”
Extra from the Herald: “Horford will now successfully make $46.5 million over the subsequent three seasons, a good deal for a participant who’s change into integral to their championship aspirations.”
The five-time NBA All-Star has appeared in 968 profession video games (958 begins) throughout his 16-year profession with Atlanta, Boston, Oklahoma Metropolis, and Philadelphia, throughout which he has averaged 13.6 factors on 51.5 p.c taking pictures, 8.1 rebounds, and three.3 assists in 32.2 minutes per sport. He’s certainly one of 4 energetic NBA gamers with at the least 13,000 factors, 7,500 rebounds, and three,000 assists.
“Boston has change into a house to me and my household as my teammates and I proceed to try in direction of profitable Banner 18,” mentioned Celtics middle Al Horford.
Since being named to the 2008 NBA All-Rookie first group, Horford has collected All-NBA third group (2010-11) and All-Defensive second group (2017-2018) honors whereas reaching the NBA Playoffs 13 instances.