3 potential landing spots for Al Horford ahead of NBA trade deadline

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The OKC Thunder are in a very intriguing position as a franchise because they not only have some promising young players in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley and Luguentz Dort, but they also have 31 draft picks through the 2027 NBA Draft.

This is absolutely unheard of and what they have planned with all of these picks, nobody knows, but the one thing that is certain is that GM Sam Presti and this Oklahoma City front-office will do everything they can to try and acquire more picks near the trade deadline this season. With veteran guys like George Hill and Mike Muscala, the Thunder could be sellers at the deadline, but there is one veteran player they just acquired that holds a decent value.

Al Horford was traded to the OKC Thunder this offseason in a deal that sent Danny Green to the 76ers and he has been one of the better players for OKC so far this season. In 9 games for the Thunder, Horford is averaging 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and shooting 41.8% from the floor. 

While he is not the player he once was with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford is a great veteran presence for any team, playoff contender or not, but he would probably prefer to be traded to a playoff-caliber team. 

In 13 seasons in the league, Horford has never failed to miss the playoffs once, which is why he would probably prefer to go to a team with playoff aspirations! Seeing as Oklahoma City’s front-office likes to acquire draft picks and young talent, they could potentially look to trade an aging veteran guy like Al Horford, who has a big contract and virtually no future with the OKC Thunder.

With that being said, let’s take a look at three teams who could be potential landing spots for veteran forward Al Horford. 

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