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Bringing Al Horford back to Boston checks all of the boxes


My readers know I don't put out a lot of dream-like potential trades for the Boston Celtics, but this one makes sense on most fronts. Al Horford returning to the Celtics via the TPE is not a home run for Danny Ainge, but it may be the best realistic move I can envision.

With COVID, injuries and youth causing turmoil (and a mediocre record) in The Green's ranks, introducing an unknown quantity into the mix may not be a wise idea. I love Al, as a player and as an individual. He fits well in Boston. Yes, I know - he chose to wander off to Philadelphia and was later traded to the Thunder. Well, things have changed. Oklahoma City is not considered a viable Championship contender, and the Celtics are looking for (as Ainge stated) "shooting with size". 

That sounds like Al Horford. He knows many of the Celtics players and Brad Stevens schemes and strategies. I have written previously that Al fits anywhere, and that includes Boston right now. Horford has been a fine citizen and steady performer wherever he has gone, and it just seems right that he faltered a bit when with the Celtics rival 76'ers.

How do the numbers work. you may ask. That's up to Assistant GM, Mike Zarren, to figure out. The major hurdle is to get all parties on the same page.

Picture this. A starting-5 of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Semi Ojeleye and Al Horford. Coming off the bench would be Kemba Walker, Payton Pritchard, Grant Williams, Rob Williams and Daniel Theis. That second unit could change depending on the development of Aaron Nesmith and Romeo Langford.

Al Horford is a seasoned pro - just what is needed for a legitimate Title run.


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