Sixers’ Al Horford makes eye-opening admission about his health this season
Horford says the time off was beneficial for him:
Al Horford, who doesn't get very descriptive about injuries, admits that he "probably wasn't where he wanted to be" health-wise during the season. Says the time off was beneficial for him there.
— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) July 3, 2020
The Sixers signed Horford to a lucrative $109 million contract last summer in free agency. Philadelphia fans were excited to watch Horford and Joel Embiid dominant the paint together.
However, it hasn’t happened, as Horford has been a terrible fit next to Embiid and Ben Simmons. The All-Star even started coming off the bench before the season was suspended.
To make matters even worse, two Sixers fans told Adam Aaronson of The Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast that their ticket sales representatives cited contributing to the pay of Horford’s massive contract as a reason why their prices increased significantly.
In 60 games for the Sixers prior to Rudy Gobert’s positive COVID-19 test, Horford averaged 12.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists. There’s zero floor spacing on the court when Embiid, Simmons and Horford are playing together, which is why most pundits believe Sixers general manager Elton Brand will look to trade Horford once the 2020 offseason begins.
The Sixers ranked 19th in the NBA in 3-pointers made with 742 before the season was suspended. That’s too low of a number for a team with three explosive scorers in Embiid, Simmons and Tobias Harris. Unless Horford magically starts playing better in the Orlando games, all signs point toward the Sixers trying to move him in the summer.