If the Hawks decide to test the market for Horford, numerous teams would potentially show interest. Sources inform ESPN that the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, and Magic have been the most aggressive in looking to acquire a veteran difference maker. The expectation is a robust market for Horford, who will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time this summer after nine seasons with the Hawks.
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Under a team-friendly contract that will pay Thomas’ $6.2 million next season, the Celtics will be able to retain him while having cap space to improve the team this summer. The pick they gave up for him currently is projected to be the 28th in the June draft. “The trade definitely turned my career around,” Thomas said in January before he faced his former team. “It hurt at first, because I’ve never been traded, never been in that situation. But it’s a better situation for myself here. I’m loved it here and people like what I do, and I appreciate that.”
Teammate Jared Sullinger, another former Buckeye, committed to attending the ceremony as soon as he discovered the plans to honor Turner’s memorable three-year career. The two grew close during Turner’s days at Ohio State, when he became an honorary member of the Sullinger clan. “That’s like a brother to me,” Sullinger said. “When he first got to Ohio State he really didn’t have, like, a family to lean on in Columbus. And my family took him in like a brother. So it’s awesome. I want to support something that’s beautiful like that. He deserves every bit of it.”