It has been known for awhile now that the Nets may benefit from one Celtics departure in Kyrie Irving this summer. But will he be joined by another?
Al Horford, the five-time All-Star center, is reportedly no longer discussing an extension with Boston and will hit the market looking for another team. According to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, Horford is expecting to sign a four-year deal elsewhere.
And as for potential landing spots for the veteran, NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely says to look out for the Nets.
One of the main reasons Brooklyn makes the list is their obvious rise in status after last season's playoff run. Irving isn't the only free agent that recognizes the Nets' success, and envisions them continuing that in the foreseeable future.
There is also the connection Horford has with Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson. They created a bond during their time with the Hawks from 2013-2015. Add in the Nets' cap space that hovers around $67 million, according to Spotrac, and Horford has a few reasons to put Brooklyn on his desired list.
The Nets currently have the budding Jarrett Allen at center, but it could be a good combo if Horford is added to the mix. One would think the veteran would take over the starting role, but the Nets recognize Allen's solid defensive prowess and potential offensively, so learning from Horford would be a large benefit for the youngster.
On the other side of the spectrum, though, would the Nets want to shell out a four-year deal to an age-33 player. Yes, Horford has shown consistency throughout his 12-year career. But they have Allen under contract for the next two seasons, then he'll be a restricted free agent. Being an inexpensive producer in the backcourt makes Horford not that much of a priority for Brooklyn, who could spend their money elsewhere.
But an Irving-Horford combo seems to be in the cards at the moment.