Pacers, Lakers viewed as potential destinations for Al Horford
As Al Horford prepares for life after the Boston Celtics, there are quite a few teams who could show interest in signing the veteran big man. Jackie MacMullan decided to chime in with her thoughts on the topic, mentioning the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Lakers are two potential destinations for Horford in NBA free agency.
Both teams would make a lot of sense for Horford. The Lakers just acquired Anthony Davis and need to bring in a third star to team up with him and LeBron James. Indiana, on the other hand, is a piece or two away from seriously competing in the Eastern Conference, assuming Victor Oladipo returns to full health.
During the 2018-19 NBA season with the Celtics, Horford ended up averaging 13.6 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists. He shot 53.5 percent from the field overall and 36.0 percent from the three-point line.
The Lakers are looking to win a championship as soon as possible. Davis has always preferred to play the power forward position, which is where Horford could come into play. Horford would be able to slide in at the center position and the Lakers would then have the ability to play Davis at the four.
Indiana has two very talented big men currently on the roster in Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. There have been rumblings that the Pacers could look to acquire the No. 4 overall pick from the New Orleans Pelicans, which would without question mean trading one of their two big men. Signing Horford would be the perfect replacement for them.
Expect to hear quite a few teams show interest in Horford when free agency opens up. The Lakers and Pacers both make a lot of sense and would be ideal destinations if they come in with the right offers.