Boston Celtics Sign Al Horford, Fail To Address Biggest Needs

Nicholas Sciria

On Saturday, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics agreed to a 4-year, $113 million contract, according to ESPN.com. Horford, who was still negotiating with the Atlanta Hawks, decided that his best fit was in Boston. The Celtics now have another big name on the roster and another selling point for Kevin Durant, but Boston's offseason moves have been questionable at best. Coming into the summer, the Celtics needed to add a rim protector from the center position and a knockdown three-point shooter from the perimeter. Boston has yet to truly address either of these concerns, despite loads of cap space and numerous picks in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Horford is certainly a strong addition to the Celtics. He averaged 17.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per 36 minutes last year with the Atlanta Hawks. Horford is one of the best power forwards on the defensive end, and he will only cement Boston's elite defense. Furthermore, he fits in perfectly with the professional culture that Brad Stevens and his Boston team exemplifies.

Horford's development from behind the arc was somewhat surprising this past season, as he hadn't made three-point shooting an emphasis in his game in any season prior to this one. In the upcoming season with the Celtics, Horford will now look to drive more, as he explains to ESPN.com.

"I probably got a little away from the post this year trying to expand my game and do different things. That is a point of emphasis, that I will try to be better in the post and be able to put the ball down a little more on the floor. Being able to drive a little more. Even though I had some strides in that area this year, I think I can be even better at that."

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