NBA Rumors: Al Horford Leaving Atlanta Hawks For San Antonio Spurs

Jack Windham

NBA rumors have been swirling around Al Horford. The 29-year-old center is set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer. Horford is one of the best players that will be available in free agency. Several of the teams in the National Basketball Association will be attempting to sign the former Florida Gators star. According to FanSided, one of the teams that will calling about the All Star will be the San Antonio Spurs. The team will have enough money to offer someone a maximum contract this summer to pair up with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.

Al Horford has spent his entire nine-year career with the Atlanta Hawks. Since joining the NBA, he has been a very consistent player in the league. For his career, he has been averaging 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. Horford is the heart and soul of the Hawks. He isn't the team's first scoring option. Horford is one of the most unselfish players in the National Basketball Association. He is the ultimate team player.

The Atlanta Hawks are currently at a crossroads on what they should do with the team. The Hawks has been swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers for two straight years. They currently don't have an answer for LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Hawks management will have to decide if they are willing to pay Al Horford the maximum contract this summer. Horford will also have to decide if staying with Atlanta will give him the best chance to win an NBA Championship.

There have been questions that we may have seen Tim Duncan play his last game in the NBA. During the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Big Fundamental looked like he had nothing left in the tank. When asked if he is going to retire, he didn't deny it. If Duncan were to retire, the San Antonio Spurs would need someone to take his spot in the starting lineup.

The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to add another superstar caliber player to come join Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge. The big three is way past their prime. The Spurs are looking into forming another big three. Al Horford would be the perfect addition to the team. He is a Spurs type player. Horford has been learning under Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer was a long time assistant under Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

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