Al Horford Agrees 2-Year, $20M Extension With Celtics

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

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

The extension rules out the possibility of a repeat of 2019, when Horford left the Celtics for a more lucrative free agency offer. Potential free-agent centers available 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, 36, enjoyed a career revival in his second run with the Celtics and developed into a fixture of a championship contender. Horford has remained a prolific player as he has aged, and he continues to command great respect in the locker room and in the Boston community.

Horford was last a 2018 All-Star and second-team All-Defensive team pick.

Horford’s appearance in the NBA Finals a season ago ended the league’s longest playoff streak — 141 postseason games — without winning a conference championship, according to an investigation by ESPN Stats & Information.

Horford is averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31 minutes per game this season, anchoring the Celtics’ front line in the absence of injured starting center Robert Williams III. Horford has shot 55.5% from the floor and 48.8% on 3-pointers — the third-highest percentage among centers, according to ESPN Stats & Info data.

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 percent shooting in a Finals debut, a list that included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

No player has contested more shots — 437 — in the 2022 NBA playoffs than Horford, according to Second Spectrum tracking. He is one of five players to have at least 400 shots in a single postseason since player tracking began a decade ago.

Horford left Boston for Philadelphia in 2019 on a four-year, $109 million free agent deal, ending up in Oklahoma City in 2020 until the Celtics recaptured him in 2021.

Horford, the third overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft from Florida, played his first nine NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks before moving to Boston as a free agency in 2016.

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

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