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What happens to Al Horford? The "Danny Days" are done!

 Labeled lately by many as "past his prime", Al Horford will be 36 years old next season. If Danny Ainge was still in charge -  often openly criticizing Red Auerbach's tendency to cling to aging stars - "Affable Al" would almost-certainly be heading out of town prior to the February 10th Trade Deadline. We all remember that Paul Pierce-and-Kevin Garnett-to-the-Nets transaction.


But Brad Stevens sits in the "big seat" for Boston now, and he may not be so inclined to put Al out there as trade bait. Admittedly, Horford is past his peak and his scoring is down this season, as is his accuracy from the field and beyond the arc. 

But compared to last season in OKC, his field goal attempts are down from 16.6 (OKC) to 1.1 (Boston), while his 3-point attempts are down from 7.0 (OKC) to 5.0 (Boston). In other words, he is not as involved with the offense in Boston this season - at least part of the reason for his scoring reduction. 

Al's contract for next season calls for $26.5 million with only $14.5 million guaranteed. The 3rd-overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft has the skills and game to fit anywhere, but his salary is the sticking point for a team desperately trying to duck under Luxury Tax territory.

Horford remains a star (5 All-Star appearances) without a Title ring. If Stevens chooses to trade him, it hopefully would be to a Championship contender - a designation not tied to the Celtics right now. Despite departing Boston in free agency, this fine individual deserves to remain in Boston (if team finances allow that) or to head to a team that has a decent shot at the NBA Finals. The "Danny Days" are done. Let's see what Brad Stevens chooses to do.



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