The Celtics reportedly met with Horford, 30, on Friday night and intended to offer him a max contract without regard to their position in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. The Thunder and Wizards were also reportedly interested in signing Horford.
On Saturday, Atlanta made a big push for Horford, offering him a max contract and getting some recruiting help from Kent Bazemore, according to Sheridan Hoops’ Mike Scotto.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Horford ultimately “relented” on their push after the two sides were $6 million apart.
The 6' 10" center has played his entire nine-year career for the Hawks since they selected him with the No. 3 pick of the 2007 NBA draft.
Over that span he has averaged 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He has been selected to four All-Star teams, including both of the past two years.
– Kenny Ducey and Erin Flynn