Pelicans, Kings among those interested in Horford

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Al Horford is attracting interest from the New Orleans Pelicans, but they have fears another team will outbid them for the veteran big man, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated believes that team could be the Sacramento Kings, adding many across the NBA landscape are forecasting the Kings as a legitimate threat to lure Horford. Mannix also points out Horford is a good fit for what Sacramento needs in term of what he provides on the floor and in the locker room for the young squad.

Stein had previously reported there was a belief across the league that a mystery team was willing to make Horford a four-year offer, though he also recently said the Pelicans may not be that team.

Horford, 33, averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 blocked shots in 29.0 minutes in 68 games in his third and final season with the Boston Celtics, shooting 53.5 percent from the field, 36.0 percent from deep and a career-high 82.1 percent from the free-throw line.

The third overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft out of Florida by the Atlanta Hawks, the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Horford carries career averages of 14.1 points, 8.4 boards, 3.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 32.8 minutes in 786 games, with a shooting line of 52.5/36.8/75.4.

The 12-year veteran has made five appearances in the NBA All-Star Game.