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Al Horford has arguably been the straw that stirs the drink in Boston since signing with the Celtics in 2016. His shooting and passing helped space the floor on offense, and his defensive IQ and versatility allowed the Celtics to throw a variety of looks at their opponents.
Unfortunately for Celtics fans, it looks like Boston is going to lose its leader, as Horford opted out of his contract and is reportedly looking for a multi-year deal elsewhere. With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for Horford in free agency.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
Boston's grand plan was reportedly to pair Horford with Anthony Davis. While those dreams have gone up in flames, Davis and Horford could still play together in Los Angeles next season. On the court, the two are a perfect fit. Both can shoot, make the right pass and defend multiple positions. The Lakers have the cap space to make this work and pairing Horford, AD and LeBron James would make them even bigger title contenders than they currently are. While Los Angeles would likely need to add a bit more perimeter scoring, signing Horford makes sense for LA.
2. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets cleared two max cap slots this summer and are reportedly chasing some big-name free agents. Horford would be an excellent fit in Brooklyn, as his shooting meshes well with the Nets' perimeter-centric offense, and his versatility could allow for a lot of switching on defense. The one caveat here could, however, be Kyrie Irving, who the Nets are reportedly targeting. While Irving's talent is undeniable, his comments created quite a bit of turmoil in Boston. If Horford's relationship with Irving is salvageable, the big man could be a great fit with the Nets.
1. Milwaukee Bucks
After the news that Horford is likely leaving Boston broke, Giannis Antetokounmpo tweeted the eye emojis. Everyone knows what that means. Aside from the social media connection, Horford could be the ideal fit in Milwaukee. For one, he'd be reuniting with his former coach with the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Budenholzer. Additionally, Horford would likely fill Brook Lopez's role on the team as a floor spacer and rim protector, but his ability as a secondary playmaker could add an entirely new wrinkle to Milwaukee's offense. Clearing the cap space could prove complicated, but signing Horford could help the Bucks earn a trip to the NBA Finals next season.
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