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Could Al Horford’s mystery team be the Celtics?

The plot thickens.

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After Al Horford elected to not pick up his $30.1 million player option for next season, it was widely assumed that he and the Celtics would agree on a team-friendly new deal that would see him play out the remainder of his prime in Boston. Instead, Horford’s unrestricted free agency took an unexpected turn when it was reported that he was leaving the team for a lucrative $100+ million contract with a mystery suitor.

The plot thickened this afternoon. Over the last week, potential landing spots have included teams from both conferences like the Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Dallas Mavericks. Today, it was reported that Horford could join another team on the rise with a stable of young talent:

The Kings certainly make sense. With a young core of De’Aaron Fox, Harrison Barnes, Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovich, Buddy Hield, and Harry Giles, Horford could be the calming veteran presence that he was for the Celtics in Sacramento. However:

“Elsewhere.” And now, there’s some speculation that Horford could remain in Boston:

Former CelticsBlogger and current Ringer Kevin O’Connor is hearing the same thing. It would take some salary cap manipulation and several teams working out sign-and-trade scenarios, but it is possible:

The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach reported this morning that despite rumors last night that the Celtics were renouncing Terry Rozier outright, he’s still a restricted free agent with most notably the Hornets and Mavericks interested in his services. Himmelsbach is also reporting that Horford will speak with prospective teams tonight and make a decision Monday or Tuesday.

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