Al Horford agrees to 2-year, $20 million extension with Celtics

Boston Celtics center Al Horford has agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the team until his 39th birthday in 2025, his manager Jason Glushon of Glushon Sports Management told ESPN on Thursday morning.

A five-time All-Star, Horford is completing the final season of his four-year, $109 million contract. Horford will earn $26.5 million this season with the new deal starting in 2023-24.

The extension eliminates the possibility of a repeat of 2019, when Horford left the Celtics for a more lucrative free agent offer. Possible free agency centers next summer include Indiana’s Myles Turner, Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic, Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez, Dallas’ Christian Wood and San Antonio’s Jakob Poeltl.

Horford experienced a career revival in his second run with the Celtics, who emerged as an integral part of a championship contender. At 36, he remained a prolific player and continues to be highly respected in the locker room and in the Boston community.

Horford was most recently an All-Star and second-team All-Defensive selection in 2018.

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Horford’s appearance in the NBA Finals a season ago ended the league’s longest playoff streak — 141 games post-season — without winning a conference championship.

Horford is averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31 minutes per game this season and anchors the Celtics front line with starting center Robert Williams III uninjured. According to ESPN Stats & Info data, Horford has the third highest percentage among centres, with 55.5% from the field and 48.8% from 3-pointers.

Horford’s performance in Game 1 against Golden State made him only the fourth player in the shot clock era to score 25 points on 75% shooting in his first game in the Finals, a roster that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

According to the Second Spectrum tracker, no player has challenged as many shots as Horford in the 2022 NBA playoffs (437). He is one of five players to have made at least 400 shots after a single season since player tracking began ten years ago.

Horford moved from Boston to Philadelphia on a four-year, $109 million free agency deal in 2019, then landed in a trade to Oklahoma City in 2020 before the Celtics re-acquired him in 2021.

Chosen 3rd out of Florida in the 2007 NBA draft, Horford played his first nine NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before leaving as a free agent for Boston in 2016.

Horford played with the Celtics for three years before stopping with the 76ers and Thunder and returning to Boston in 2021.

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