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Hawks, Horford agree to extension

Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:02 pm
 
Al Horford has agreed to a five-year, $60 million extension with the Hawks, becoming one of the few 2007 draft picks getting extensions by the midnight Tuesday deadline.

Horford joins only Kevin Durant and Joakim Noah among high-profile 2007 draft picks who will be getting extensions. Horford's deal marks a philosophical shift for Hawks GM Rick Sund, who has almost without exception declined to do such extensions in the past. Given uncertainty over a new collective bargaining agreement, few teams are extending their 2007 picks before the deadline.

Sources say the Hawks' hand was forced by the Bulls' decision to give Noah a five-year, $60 million extension. Atlanta officials were hoping that looming labor uncertainty would allow them to re-up with Horford at a discount, but that possibility went by the boards once Noah got his deal.

Jeff Green, Rodney Stuckey, Aaron Brooks, Wilson Chandler and No. 1 pick Greg Oden will not be getting extensions. Sources say Trail Blazers officials had a conference call Saturday with Oden's agent, Bill Duffy, to share the news. Horford's agreement with the Hawks prevents him from becoming a restricted free agent next summer, as the aforementioned players will become.

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Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: November 4, 2010 11:12 am
 

Hawks, Horford agree to extension

Go Al! I really like Al, but think Noah is better. Maybe Horford will prove me wrong. he does seem like a quiet guy and they can sometimes fly under the radar. For an article about noah and his extension check



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:46 pm
 

Hawks, Horford agree to extension

Glad the kid got paid.  I just hope Al Horford calls glass the next time he hits a three point bank shot like he did in last year's playoffs.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:00 am
 

Hawks, Horford agree to extension

Horford is really good player playing out of position. When he has to try and guard Howard or some other center that is very larger than he is. The positive is that when a center guards him, Al is too quick for him. Horford is a very unselfish player that does what is needed for the Hawks to win. If he has to score, he does, Jf rebounding and defense is needed, then that is what he does. This is a good move, completely opposite to the JJ signing. Either way, competing with the HEAT is not going to happen.




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 7:09 pm
 

Hawks, Horford agree to extension

Horford has great potential so this move makes sense. He should come in at about the same as Noah: two rising stars.

In the end it may be all for naught, after a lockout and greatly reduced salaries, everyone may be taking a pay cut.


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