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Sources: Horford to be unrestricted free agent

10:38 AM ET

  • Adrian WojnarowskiESPN

Boston Celtics All-Star center Al Horford will decline to exercise his $30.1 million option for the 2019-20 season and will become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN.

While Horford, a five-time All-Star, will move into the free agent marketplace on June 30, there’s motivation with both Horford and the Celtics to work toward an agreement on a new long-term contract, league sources tell ESPN.

Horford could help Boston’s salary cap flexibility with a new deal that starts below that $30.1 million salary.

Horford, 33, is a key member of the Celtics core and a favorite of management, coaches and teammates. Horford averaged 13.6 and 6.7 rebounds for the Celtics a season ago, his third with Boston since leaving Atlanta for a four-year, $113 free agent deal with the Celtics.

Horford has been to the Eastern Conference playoffs 11 times in his 12-year pro career. He won two national championships at the University of Florida.

Source: ESPN NBA