The Boston Celtics and center Al Horford agreed on a two-year contract extension on Thursday.
The extension is worth $20 million and will have Horford under contract with Boston through 2025, according to ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston Celtics center Al Horford has agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the franchise through his 39th birthday, his agent Jason Glushon of @GlushonSM tells ESPN. pic.twitter.com/10v0FHqIIU
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2022
— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) December 2, 2022
Horford’s extension helps solidify Boston’s frontcourt for the foreseeable future alongside shot-blocker, Robert Williams.
The five-time NBA All-Star was in the final year of his four-year, $109 million contract before becoming a free-agent, according to ESPN. As one of the Celtics cornerstone players, it appears that the organization wasn’t willing to run the risk of him possibly signing elsewhere during free agency.(RELATED: REPORT: University Of Michigan’s Mazi Smith Hit With Weapons Charge Over Traffic Stop)
Despite being the oldest player on the Celtics’ roster, Horford is one of most important players Boston has, next to Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. There’s nothing that the 36-year-old can’t do on the floor. Horford is able to get buckets down in the low post, he has the ability to knock down the three-point shot, and he can defend opposing teams’ best players thanks to his 6 foot 9 inches, 240 lbs frame. From the way that he’s playing this season, it appears that Horford still has a lot left in his tank despite his 15-years of playing in the league.
Horford is facing his best bet to capture his first NBA championship. I don’t think this extension runs out without Boston winning it all first.