Al Horford leaves Hawks, will sign four-year deal with Celtics

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The biggest non-Kevin Durant domino of free agency has fallen. On Saturday evening, All-Star big man Al Horford decided to leave the Atlanta Hawks and sign a four-year deal with the Boston Celtics. NBA.com’s David Aldridge first reported Horford’s decision:

The Vertical‘s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Horford will sign a full four-year max deal in Boston worth $113 million:

Shortly thereafter, Horford himself announced the news in a tweet that included 18 shamrock emojis (presumably symbolizing the Celtics’ 17 championships). He also changed his Twitter avatar to the Celtics’ logo:

According to ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst, the Hawks will no longer be shopping Paul Millsap, who had been thought to be on the block after Atlanta signed Dwight Howard, as they attempted to keep Horford:

Needless to say, Horford’s decision is a huge victory for the Celtics. Having another star on board strengthens their position to land Kevin Durant, and even if they don’t get him, they have a new clear-cut best player that should vault them into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.