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Magic Could Be In Free Agency Discussion
Friday, Feb. 19
Per Deveney, that interest "would be mutual." Horford attended college at the University of Florida and won a pair of national championships in 2006 and 2007. The Magic play just 90 minutes away from the school in Gainesville.
Horford has been an extremely steady big man for Atlanta and was elected to his fourth All-Star Game in 2016. Through 55 games, he's averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game on a Hawks team that is ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Yet his name continually popped up in trade-deadline talks with teams.
Regardless of the rumors, Horford continued to express that he was content with the Hawks, per USA Today's Sam Amick: "I’m very happy in Atlanta. I’ve said it repeatedly. I love the city. My family, we all live in Atlanta, we stay there in the offseason, so my focus is just to keep playing and taking it day-by-day."
If Horford does hit free agency, it will of course come down to the dollars. He'll be coming off a five-year, $60 million deal, according to Spotrac.com, and at 29, he will most likely look for similar money.
The Magic have freed up some major money for free agency this offseason, per Deveney. They dealt Channing Frye's $15 million contract to the Cleveland Cavaliers, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com, and Tobias Harris' $48 million to the Detroit Pistons.
In return, they get the expiring contracts of Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova and Jared Cunningham, which means they could have "nearly $50 million to spend this summer," per Deveney.
With that kind of money and with his former links to the Orlando area, the Magic could very well lure Horford away from Atlanta this offseason and get a huge piece for their frontcourt.
Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.