NBA Rumors: Celtics, Wizards Emerge As Favorites For Al Horford’s Services

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The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards haven’t faced off in an NBA playoff series since 1984, but they currently are in a battle of free agency.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Boston and Washington “have emerged as the front-runners to sign free-agent big man Al Horford.”

The Celtics reportedly will meet with free agent Kevin Durant in New York on Saturday as they continue their pursuit of a superstar player(s) to partner with All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas and talented head coach Brad Stevens.

Horford would give the Celtics a much-needed frontcourt upgrade, which includes consistent scoring, rebounding and rim protection. The 30-year-old power forward/center would be an excellent pick-and-roll player in Stevens’ system with his improved shooting range that extends to the 3-point line.

If Horford wants to win, the Celtics are a better choice than the Wizards. Boston has a better coach, more draft picks and a comparable roster.

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Thumbnail photo via Jennifer Stewart/USA TODAY Sports Images

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) runs up the court against the Phoenix Suns in the first half at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

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