Report: Celtics’ Al Horford still undecided on player option, could move deadline for decision
The Boston Celtics missed out on Anthony Davis, and all indications point to Kyrie Irving signing with the Brooklyn Nets when he officially becomes an unrestricted free agent in July. Next in line is center Al Horford, who has until Tuesday to decide whether or not to accept his $30.1 million player option for next season.
Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports that Horford remains unsure on what his decision will be with the deadline approaching, though the two sides could agree to move the deadline back:
I was told that Al Horford hasn't made a final decision yet about his $30.1 million player option for next season. The deadline is Tuesday, but that can be moved back if both sides agree.
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) June 16, 2019
Should Horford accept the player option, it would make him the second player on Boston’s roster making more than $30 million, joining Gordon Hayward.
Horford has been an instrumental orchestrator of the Celtics’ offense the last few seasons. His court vision and passing ability from the perimeter makes him a tremendous option in pick-and-pop, and he would often get on the ball from the point, allowing Irving to work off of screens.
After averaging 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists during the regular season, Horford averaged 13.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists during the playoffs, proving to be Boston’s most consistent and effective player through two rounds of play.
While Horford may exercise the one-year option so as to enter free agency next summer, there have also been murmurs that he will restructure his deal with the Celtics at a smaller annual value to help with flexibility and add a bit more cap space.