Boston Celtics agree to two-year, $20 million contract extension with five-time star Al Horford as starting center Robert Williams continues to run out of time with injury concerns
Veteran center Al Horford and the Boston Celtics have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the franchise until 2025.
The five-time star player is currently finishing the final year of a four-year contract that pays him $26.5 million this season alone.
The new contract, which begins in the 2023-23 season, will tie him to the Celtics until his 39th birthday in 2025, according to ESPN.
Horford’s new deal also eliminates the possibility of a repeat of the 2019 offseason when Horford left the Celtics in free agency for a more lucrative deal.
Veteran center Al Horford signed a two-year, $20 million extension with the Boston Celtics
Horford’s new contract will keep him with the team until his 39th birthday in 2025
Horford enjoyed a career resurgence during his second stint in Boston and is playing at a much more effective level than during his stints in Philadelphia and Oklahoma.
He also provided excellent cover for starting center Robert Williams, who has missed a lot of time through injury every year since entering the league in 2018.
Williams also hasn’t played in any of the Celtics’ 22 games this season, after undergoing knee surgery in September.
Last season, Williams played a career-high 61 games in the regular season, before being used sparingly in the playoffs after returning from injury.
Horford provided excellent cover for starting center Robert Williams who was injured
Of the 10 different playoff series the Celtics have appeared in since Williams was drafted into the team, he’s only played three times in more than three games in a single series.
Horford, meanwhile, is averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 31 minutes per game this season and anchors Williams’ absence on the Celtics’ front row.
The 36-year-old shot 55.5% from the floor and 48.8% from 3-point range, the third-highest percentage among centers, according to ESPN Stats & Info data.
Even with Horford now off the market, the free agent class at center still includes several talented players, including Indiana’s Myles Turner, Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic, Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez, Dallas’ Christian Wood and San Antonio’s Jakob Poeltl.