Celtics Reach Contract Extension with Al Horford

Tyler Maher
The Boston Celtics have agreed to a new contract extension with Al Horford.
The Boston Celtics have agreed to a new contract extension with Al Horford. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Al Horford has already spent most of his 30s with the Boston Celtics. Now, there's a good chance he retires with them.

Horford agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract extension with the Celtics on Thursday, which will keep him in Boston through the 2024-25 season. By that point, he will be nearly 39 years old and possibly ready to call it a career.

Al Horford Contract

At first glance, this deal appears to be a win for both sides. The Celtics get to keep a productive, reliable big man and team leader on their roster for several more years, while Horford gets added job security and doesn't have to think about a new contract for a while.

Horford, 36, is currently on his second stint with the Celtics. He originally spent three seasons with Boston from 2016-19 before spending one season apiece for the Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder. He returned to the Celtics prior to the 2021-22 campaign and immediately made a significant impact, helping lead Boston to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

While the Celtics fell short against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals and lost head coach Ime Udoka in the offseason, the team has been even better this year under new coach Joe Mazzulla. Horford has stepped up his game as well, shooting a career-best 48.8% from downtown and continuing to help the team with his size and all-around skill set.

Horford may not be the All-Star he was in his prime anymore, but he's still a valuable player who can be highly effective in limited minutes. He's never won a championship before, but his new contract guarantees that he'll get at least a few more cracks at one.

The Celtics enter Thursday's action with the best record (18-4) and title odds (+380) in the NBA, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.

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