Al Horford will be coming into the 2022-23 season at 36 years old. He will be entering the final year of the contract he originally signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 where he’ll be paid $26.5 million, according to Spotrac. With his advanced age (for an NBA player) and his contract up, many have wondered how much longer Horford can keep this up.
Horford is coming off an excellent season in which he played a hand in helping the Boston Celtics make their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. In the playoffs, he averaged 12 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks a game while shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 48 percent from three.
As impressive as that is to do that in his mid-30s, NBA players can keep that kind of production for so long. It may not be too long now until Horford retires. However, according to Chris Mannix of NBC Sports Boston, not only does Horford believe he can keep this up, but he has a good idea of when his time will come to an end.
“Talking to Al Horford, he was telling me he’s not just thinking about playing this year,” Mannix said. “His body feels so good he feels he can play two or three more years and keep his career going close to the age of 40.”
Exec: ‘I’d be Shocked’ if Horford Leaves Boston Again
An Eastern Conference executive gave Heavy’s Sean Deveney his take on what Horford’s future will be after his contract expires with the Celtics.
“I think he probably has a couple of years left, but after this year, he is maybe looking at a taxpayer midlevel deal (about $6 million per year),” the exec said. “I don’t think Boston is going to want to spend more than that, but if he is comfortable with that paycheck, then I’d be shocked if he left. I’d be surprised if he does not retire a Celtic.”
Deveney also took to Twitter to express his belief that the Celtics re-signing Horford won’t be hard.
No need, really. He won’t be hard to re-sign next summer. If they get it done before then, great. If not … he’s not gonna get a ton of offers.
— Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) September 20, 2022
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