Horford intends to leave Celtics, sign four-year deal

Veteran Celtics center Al Horford could be on the move in free agency this summer.

Boston Celtics center Al Horford is expected to sign elsewhere after deciding to decline the option in his contract, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.

Horford has a $30.1 million option but has decided to try his hand at free agency. Per Bulpett, Horford is expected to sign a four-year contract with another team.

This is just the latest blow to the Celtics, who are also expected to lose All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving in free agency, perhaps to the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics also failed in their trade attempts for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Horford, 33, averaged 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds this past season.

The Celtics were apparently concerned about giving him a four-year deal, given his age. Instead, they were said to be offering a three-year contract.

That said, this could be little more than the regular posturing that takes place during free agency. As long as Horford remains unsigned, he and the Celtics could still come to terms.