The Celtics are exploring the idea of trading Al Horford, as the franchise looks to make additions in the frontcourt, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Horford is making $27 million this season, though the big man’s salary for next season ($26.5 million) is only partially guaranteed. Regardless, the market for Horford’s services is expected to be limited.
Boston is also open to trading offseason additions Josh Richardson and Dennis Schroder.
The front office would like to add an impact player who would fit well with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
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