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Al Horford could stay with the Boston Celtics even if he declines his player option of $ 30.1 million for 2019-20.
According to Steve Bulpett of Boston Herald"The two sides have discussed a plan providing for a lower number of players next season and two more years in a new contract".
Horford had originally signed a $ 113 million contract over four years in 2016 and achieved a $ 28.9 million business last season, but it's unlikely that he would fit that guy agree it's on the open market. The 33-year-old has had an eventful season in 2018-19, averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, plus a career minimum of 29 minutes per game.
This would likely incite the player to see the rest of his current contract, but the Celtics could potentially offer greater long-term stability with a brand new three-year deal.
Adam Himmelsbach of Boston Globe reported Saturday the veteran had not yet made a decision before the deadline of Tuesday.
This negotiation would certainly make sense from the point of view of the Celtics.
If Kyrie Irving goes into free autonomy as planned, the team will probably need all the money she can have to improve her list from 2019-20. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and others may be enough to reach the playoffs, but another star may be needed to pass the course and win a title.
In the meantime, retaining Horford should be a priority given its impact on rotation. The five-time All-Star remains a versatile contributor helping both sides, finishing last year second in the team behind Irving with 7.5 winning actions, referring to basketball.
His experience is also helpful on what will be an otherwise young list.
If the team manages to cut costs for next year while retaining a valuable player on the roster for a few more seasons, it would be a complete win for Boston.