Celtics All-Star Al Horford decided today to decline his player option for next season:
Boston Celtics center Al Horford will not exercise the $30.1M option on his 2019-20 contract and become an unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN. Horford and the Celtics both have interest in working toward a new deal in July, sources tell ESPN.
The decision doesn't come as a total shock. Horford wants to keep his options open. He also is probably playing for his last lucrative contract, so adding a few more years on to a deal is essential. The move itself could also have implications on the C's salary structure:
Horford coming back at a lower number ($20M range) with length (3 years) on the contract would allow Boston to have the full $9.2M midlevel and $3.6M bi-annual exception to use in free agency. C's are still under the tax if both are used and Rozier brought back.