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Celtics news: Al Horford expresses gratitude for former teammates Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas after trade with Cavs

Boston Celtics big man Al Horford isn’t about to just forget the times he’s shared on the parquetted floor of TD Garden with former teammates Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, who were traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers last Tuesday.

Horford put up an appreciation post on his Instagram account, expressing his gratitude for Thomas and Crowder, who both had roles in luring Horford to Beantown during last year’s free agency.

Although the 2015-16 Celtics squad failed to reach the ultimate goal of winning the franchise’s first NBA Title since 2008, Horford and the Celtics were able to put together a 53-29 slate — the team’s best record since going 56-26 during the 2010-11 campaign.

With Thomas acting as the team’s heart and soul, Crowder providing a little bit of everything, and Horford playing the five position effectively, the Celtics managed to earn a top seed in the playoffs, where they were stopped by the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

While there’s certainly bitterness on Horford’s side after seeing Thomas and Crowder get sent to a rival, he’ll always be a friend to the two, who he now considers family.