Al Horford expected back with Celtics next season

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League sources tell MassLive that the Celtics are expected to bring Horford back and guarantee the full $26.5 million no matter what happens in the NBA Finals after a sensational regular season by the 35-year-old followed up by one of the best postseasons of his career.
Source: Brian Robb @ Booth Newspapers

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Al Horford is heading to the NBA Finals! Let’s revisit his time in OKC, and add context to both trades before the narrative shifting likely starts leading up to the Finals out of boredom. thunderousintentions.com/2022/05/30/rev…4:14 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Al Horford got a bump in his partially guaranteed deal by making the NBA Finals. However that increase is inconsequential now as sources tell MassLive that the Celtics plan on bringing Horford back at his full salary ($26.5 million) next year regardless masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…3:39 PM

Steve Bulpett @SteveBHoop
Acquiring Al Horford was good for what Al Horford has accomplished individually. But he may be even more important for what he has allowed the Celtics to do with their lineup.
Danny Ainge talks about Brad Stevens’ moves and what they’ve done for the C’s.
bit.ly/3GrVl3K2:08 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
what was the argument for people who thought Jimmy should have passed on the 3 and went to the rim against Al Horford? 12 hours later and i still havent seen a single one that makes sense and/or isnt bait. – 1:43 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Al Horford’s wait over, NBA Finals moment looms with Celtics (from @AP) apnews.com/article/a20a73…12:47 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
With Celtics in NBA Finals, Al Horford gets extra $5M of salary guaranteed nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/30/wit…12:03 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s best from May 29:
– J. Butler: 35 pts, 9 reb, 48 min
– J. Tatum: 26 pts, 10 reb, 6 ast
– B. Adebayo: 25 pts, 11 reb, 46 min
– M. Smart: 24 pts, 9 reb, 5 ast
– J. Brown: 24 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast
– K. Lowry: 15 pts, 7 reb, 2 stl
– A. Horford: 5 pts, 14 reb, 2 blk – 11:23 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
“I don’t know where the #Celtics are at without @Al Horford
@Brian Scalabrine & @Frank Isola know that Al Horford was instrumental to getting the @Boston Celtics to the #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/P9FrQAM5gh10:38 AM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Ranking top 15 players in NBA Finals
1. Curry (GS)
2. Tatum (BOS)
3. Brown (BOS)
4. Draymond (GS)
5. Wiggins (GS)
6. Smart (BOS)
7. Poole (GS)
8. Klay (GS)
9. Horford (BOS)
10. Timelord (BOS)
11. Looney (GS)
12. Williams (BOS)
13. White (BOS)
14. Porter (GS)
15. Pritchard (BOS) – 10:17 AM

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN
Jimmy Butler, Al Horford & a series-deciding moment that they both deserved to win: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…8:21 AM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
“He’s selfless. Al (couldn’t) care less about the numbers, he cares about the wins and this team.”
Through tragedy & triumph, Al Horford has held the Celtics down every game. After years of coming up short, he & the Celtics are heading to the NBA Finals. theathletic.com/3340039/2022/0…3:42 AM

Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
Warriors-Celtics
First matchup, Warriors 4-point win: No Klay Thompson, no Jordan Poole, no Al Horford, Derrick White was still on the Spurs
Second matchup, Warriors 22-point loss: Steph Curry hurt early, Draymond Green’s second game back from injury – 12:21 AM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
One big takeaway I have from the two teams playing in the NBA Finals: Their cores have been together forever. Tatum, Brown, Smart, Horford have been together since 2017 with Horford leaving for a couple of years. Curry Thompson, Green have played together since 2012 – 12:13 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “When he came back, it gave us a sense of security. He’s selfless. Al could care less about the numbers. He cares about the wins and his team.” – 12:09 AM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “He’s selfless. Al could care less about the numbers. He cares about the wins and this team.” – 12:09 AM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Marcus Smart on Al Horford: “When he came back, it gave us a sense of security.” – 12:09 AM

Scott Souza @Scott_Souza
Jimmy Butler missed the shot that could have – and most thought probably should have – given Miami the lead. .. But Al Horford not only contested the shot but also rebounded the miss. … Butler was a Game 7 warrior. Horford helped make certain it was all for naught. – 12:01 AM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Al Horford said he spent this past week looking back at photos from a year ago, when he was a member of the Thunder and his future was entirely uncertain, to remind himself of how much things have changed. – 11:54 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on being in this position after sitting for OKC last year: “I’m just grateful to God. This past week, I looked at photos from what I was doing at this time a year ago… I’m so grateful and fortunate to be in this position.” – 11:53 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford said he’s been looking at photos from a year ago to remind himself where things were at this point. He said on this day last year he was at his son’s kindergarten graduation. – 11:53 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford: My grandfather was someone I was extremely close with…All week, my mom, my family, just telling me to go out there and play. That was what he would want you to continue to do what you do. – 11:50 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Al Horford said it’s been a tough week with the death of his grandfather, but he said his family told him to focus and keep playing that’s what his abuelo would have wanted. #Celtics #Heat11:49 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford said he was extremely close with his grandfather, who passed away recently. Said this has been an emotional time for him. – 11:49 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford on having a tough week with losing his grandfather: “It’s been hard on me and my family. My grandfather is someone I was very close to. My mom told me he would want me to go out and play.” – 11:49 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Al Horford as Jimmy Butler let that 3-pointer go: “It was nerve-wracking.” – 11:48 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford: “This journey was not easy. We had a hard path…For our group, it’s resiliency. It’s switching the page and we’ve done it all season.” – 11:47 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford: “Coach Udoka was VERY clear about the team he wanted us to be. Our identity was going to be hanging our hat on the defensive end. On offense, he wanted us to play free and easy. It took a while, but we eventually figured it out.” – 11:47 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Jaylen Brown, with Horford sitting next to him: No one deserves it more than this guy to my right … I’m happy to be able to share this moment with him – 11:45 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Jaylen Brown: “Nobody deserves it more than this guy (motions to Al Horford). I’m proud and happy to share the moment with someone like him.” – 11:45 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford speaks on how much it meant to get to the Finals with so many Dominicans at the game in Miami. Then Jaylen Brown jumps in.
“Yo soy Dominicana también.”
Jaylen said nobody deserves this Finals trip more than Horford. – 11:45 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Jaylen Brown, with Al Horford next to him: “Nobody deserves this more than this guy on my right.” – 11:45 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Al Horford jokes he “didn’t know how to act” when the game ended. Said he’s proud to see guys like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart grow. – 11:45 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford on finally making the Finals and his celebration: “I just didn’t know how to act.” – 11:45 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Al Horford is going to his first NBA Finals after playing 141 playoff games 🙏
pic.twitter.com/w7W9iJgl7P11:39 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Al Horford had played more playoff games than anyone in history without making the NBA Finals – 141.
That is no longer the case. – 11:35 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Al Horford’s contract guarantee for 2022-23 has raised from $14.5M to $19.5M.
It’s the best $5M the Celtics could ever spend.
It will go up the full $26.5M if Boston wins the NBA Finals. And that will be $7M more VERY well-spent too. – 11:34 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
New: Al Horford’s contract guarantee has been bumped up for next season with the Celtics securing a spot in NBA Finals. masslive.com/celtics/2022/0…11:32 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics win 100-96. Win ECF 4-3
Tatum – 26/10/6/1/2
Brown – 24/6/6
Smart – 24/9/5/2
Horford – 5/14/3/1/2
Celtics – 41.2% FGs
Celtics – 11-32 threes
Celtics – 13 turnovers
Butler – 35 points
Adebayo – 25/11/4
Lowry – 15/7/3
Heat – 42% FGs
Heat – 6-30 threes
Heat – 10 turnovers – 11:29 PM

Scott Souza @Scott_Souza
Most people root for the city & the jersey. Sometimes you can’t help but be happy for the player. Al Horford is one of those players. #NBAFinals #Celtics11:25 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Really happy for Al Horford. A true pro’s pro. – 11:25 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Al Horford, no longer the player with the most playoff games without a Finals appearance. – 11:23 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Al Horford has been hunting for a trip to the Finals for looooong time. Dude’s been a winner his whole career but that hasn’t always meant he’s had the best timing or luck in postseason. He finally made it. – 11:23 PM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Also like….Al Horford getting this moment is super cool. been around forever as a huge piece of winning teams. Had the disaster in Philly that made everyone question if he was done. Put his head down on OKC last year and did his job. And now is a critical cog for an NBA finalist – 11:21 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Al Horford deserves this. I can’t think of many guys that have ever deserved it more. – 11:21 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
All the way back to when Boston first signed Al Horford the one consistent knock on him was his rebounding.
Horford just grabbed 14 rebounds in Game 7 to get his team to the NBA Finals. – 11:21 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Al Horford has finally made the Finals after 141 career playoff games, the most in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/2CWGMrwMZs11:19 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford headed to his first NBA Finals at age 35. In no small part because Horford, at age 35, is still damn good. – 11:18 PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Al Horford is going to an NBA Finals. – 11:18 PM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
With Boston reaching the NBA Finals, the guaranteed portion of the Al Horford contract for 2022/23 will increase from $14.5 to $19.5M.
The $26.5M contract becomes guaranteed if the Celtics win the championship. – 11:18 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
Al Horford is about to turn 36
And he’s about to play in his first NBA Finals – nobody is more deserving… – 11:18 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
In defense of Butler’s decision to shoot a 3: He needed to use a stiff arm to keep Horford away from his shot minutes earlier, he must have been gassed after that performance, and Horford was incredible defensively all game. – 11:17 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Chris Paul supposedly washed. Came to OKC. Traded for 1st rounder. 2021 NBA Finals.
Al Horford supposedly washed. Came to OKC. Traded for 1st rounder. 2022 NBA Finals.
All teams gotta do to make the 2023 NBA Finals is trade a 1st rounder for Derrick Favors. – 11:16 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford collapses by himself before his teammates go and pick him up. His first Finals appearance ever. – 11:16 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford grabs the last rebound of the game and the Celtics are finally heading to the Finals. Incredible grind out win by Boston to finally break through the Eastern Conference. Game 1 at the Warriors on Thursday. – 11:16 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Loose ball foul on Horford with 6.1 left, but no FTs. #Celtics #Heat11:15 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Jimmy Butler wanted it all on that shot but he didn’t have to rush it. Could’ve attacked Al Horford & gone for the old-fashioned 3-pt play – 11:14 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Jimmy Butler risks it all going for the win early and bricks it, with another huge Al Horford rebound to give the Celtics a chance to make this a 2 possession game. What a wild gamble in a game full of them. – 11:12 PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Horford with another offensive rebound an md a great rim contest on Bam – 11:08 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford’s had some just monstrous offensive boards. – 11:07 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford is doing all the dirty work tonight, including mopping up the floor just now – 11:04 PM

Brian Geltzeiler @BGeltzNBA
Another great all around game from Al Horford. Tremendous job on the glass and defensively. – 11:01 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Rob Williams and Horford have been big trash – 10:45 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Horford in for Robert Williams. – 10:45 PM

Ryan McDonough @McDNBA
I bet Ime Udoka called that timeout to put Al Horford in for Robert Williams
The Timelord is giving all he can but he’s clearly limited and this isn’t a game where you take any chances down the stretch – 10:44 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Great cut by Tatum and even better pass by Horford.
Just keep moving. – 10:30 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Boston went into the locker room and figured out how to target Miami’s switching to get the Jays downhill and collapse the paint for open shooters on the second side. Last play was as simple as brown and Horford high PnR to get Bam switched onto JB for a blow by as Horford rolls – 10:19 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Rob Williams is starting the second half. He has stayed in the locker room for extra stretching and therapy each of the last two games.
Guessing with Al Horford and Grant Williams having three fouls each, that necessitated Rob start the second half. – 10:07 PM

Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
grant williams, derrick white, and al horford all have three fouls – 10:05 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Halftime foul trouble watch:
Boston
Al Horford – 3
Derrick White – 3
Grant Williams – 3
Miami
None – 7 fouls total – 9:58 PM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Jimmy Butler scored 18 of his 24 first-half points in the second quarter, dragging the Heat into this game. Kyle Lowry arrived by drawing fouls on Al Horford and Marcus Smart, turning them into four points. Shaping up to maybe be a good one after all. – 9:55 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Three fouls on Al Horford.
That’s three on both Horford and Grant Williams. – 9:49 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
That’s a rough call on Horford. – 9:48 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Al Horford and Grant Williams both have three fouls. Robert Williams looked earlier like he’s not moving well. The Celtics frontcourt might have some issues in the second half. – 9:48 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Tatum takes a bad 3 over Bam instead of trying to attack and pull up, then Horford tries to switch Tatum off Bam in transition and nobody picks up Butler for the open 3. Of course Jimmy drains it because he’s on a heater for the ages. 9 point game. – 9:44 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Horford was just giving Rob a big talk on the sideline. Now Rob is sitting on the bench away from the play being diagrammed. He’s out of the game and White is in – 9:28 PM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
Three fouls on Grant Williams. Horford back in. #Celtics #Heat9:21 PM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Al Horford strips Oladipo at the buzzer to put an exclamation point on a near-flawless first quarter for the Celtics. Even though Bam has scored some tough shots on Horford, Al has dominated that matchup tonight and shut down everyone coming at the rim. – 9:12 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Man, Horford with just an incredible defensive quarter. – 9:11 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
al horford is so damn good pic.twitter.com/MGMXQTMaSo9:05 PM

Abby Chin @tvabby
Al Horford wants to go to The Finals! – 9:02 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
THUNDER LEGEND AL HORFORD – 9:01 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Holy Shit Al Horford with the moster block at the rim. What a play – 9:01 PM

Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach
Horford with a Game 7 block. Incredible play. – 9:01 PM

Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
Who’s your Game 7 hero?
My prediction: Al Horford. – 8:30 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Starters
Heat: Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, P.J. Tucker, Bam Adebayo
Celtics: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III. – 8:07 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Celtics starters for Game 7:
Robert Williams
Al Horford
Jayson Tatum
Jaylen Brown
Marcus Smart
Heat starters:
Bam Adebayo
P.J. Tucker
Jimmy Butler
Max Strus
Kyle Lowry – 8:05 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Celtics at Heat – FTX Arena – May 29, 2022 – – Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 Starters
Boston – Smart, Brown, Tatum, Horford, Rob Williams
Miami – Kyle Lowry, Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, PJ Tucker, Bam Adebayo
OUT: Boston: Hauser Miami: None pic.twitter.com/B5gFrjbs7C8:04 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
How deep do we think the rotations go tonight?
Boston plays seven tonight imo: Smart, Jaylen, Tatum, Horford, RWIII, Grant, White
Heat play Jimmy, PJ, Kyle, Bam, Strus, Vincent, Herro and Oladipo, but cut at least one, if not two of those guys out in the second half. – 7:09 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
I am all in on the Celtics tonight, get Thunder legend Al Horford to the Finals. – 6:47 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
Do it for Al Horford bostonsportsjournal.com/2022/05/29/kar…6:24 PM

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