San Antonio could be a stopping ground for Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford once free agency begins this offseason. Horford will be an unrestricted free agent and San Antonio is said to be a contender for his services.
More from Air Alamo
- Spurs show remarkable poise against Bulls, unlike many fans
- Devin Vassell is the latest in the Spurs’ collection of silent assassins
- San Antonio Spurs: 5 Players to avoid in any LaMarcus Aldridge deal
- Is Gregg Popovich hiding Luka Samanic as a secret weapon?
- San Antonio Spurs News: More DeRozan trade talk from Chris Haynes
The Spurs have a formula, and one that has been eager to be copied around the league. With free agency around the corner, there are players that have expressed San Antonio has being one of their top choices to continue their career.
The Spurs are looking at becoming big time players during the offseason. In fact, they have shown they can seal the deal when it comes to locking down big free agents. LaMarcus Aldridge was one. Rumors have already been coming as to what the Spurs are planning on doing during the offseason. Word of them pursuing the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol and lately the Memphis Grizzlies’ guard Mike Conley.
You can now add another name to the list: the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford. The 29-year-old center is set to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer. Horford is one of the best players that will be available in free agency. The team will have enough money to offer someone a maximum contract this summer to pair up with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.Horford has spent his entire nine-year career with the Atlanta Hawks.
Since joining the NBA, he has been a very consistent player in the league. For his career, he has been averaging 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game. Horford is the heart and soul of the Hawks.
Oct 22, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Al Horford (15) shoots the ball past San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan (left) during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Horford is one of the most unselfish players in the National Basketball Association, which can transfer easily into the Spurs’ style of play. A very adaptable player, Horford has been adding more skills to his game.
With the Hawks not having an answer for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, this marked the second-straight year that Horford and Atlanta were swept from the playoffs by the Cavaliers.
Earlier this season, the Hawks had the majority of their players on the trading block. That included Al Horford, which is shocking because he has been a consistent presence for the team. That could be sending a message to the All Star center that he might not be in the Hawks long term plans.
There have been questions that have arisen since the Spurs’ early departure from the playoffs this season. We may have seen the last of Tim Duncan’s playing days. Against the Thunder, he seemed to be running on pure adrenaline and not wanting to end his career on the bench. Horford would be a great addition.
He is a Spurs type player. In fact, you can say that he is already learning from the Spurs as Atlanta Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was a long time assistant to Gregg Popovich.
(H/T Hoops Habit)