Al Horford Signs $109 Million Deal to Join Philadelphia 76ers

Al Horford with Boston Celtics in 2017. Image by Keith Allison on Wikipedia

The Philadelphia 76ers made a big pick-up on the first day of NBA free agency as they signed veteran big man Al Horford to a reported four-year, $109 million deal. It was the second piece of good news for the Sixers on a day where they also closed a five-year contract extension with forward Tobias Harris.

The 33-year-old forward/center spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Atlanta Hawks, where he established himself as one of the most consistent and productive big men in the league. The former 3rd overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft made four All-Star teams during his tenure in Atlanta.

Horford then moved to Boston to play with the Celtics for the 2016-17 season, where he became an integral part of three straight playoff teams. Like a fine wine, Horford got better with age while in Boston, putting up his best overall season last year with a 13.6 point, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game line in only 29 minutes per game. He shot 53.5% from the field.

Now, the University of Florida alum will have the opportunity to pair up with young sensation Joel Embiid down low in the Sixers’ frontcourt, a tantalizing proposition for a team that will have big dreams to contend for the Eastern Conference crown.

The Sixers are expected to make the signing official later this week.