HoopsHype Al Horford rumors

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Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn chest muscle. Horford, the Hawks' leading scorer and rebounder, tore his right pectoral muscle in the first overtime of Thursday night's 127-125 double-overtime win at Cleveland. An examination on Friday in Atlanta revealed the complete tear of the muscle. Horford explored his options before deciding on the surgery. Hawks spokesman Garin Narain on Monday night confirmed plans for the surgery. USA Today Sports

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The Hawks received the worst possible news on the injury to Al Horford when test results revealed a complete tear of his right pectoral muscle Friday, according to a team source. Horford was examined Friday afternoon after suffering the injury in Thursday’s game against the Cavaliers. Horford left with 1:35 remaining in the first overtime with what was initially called a right shoulder injury. Horford, who missed all but 11 games during the 2011-12 season with a left torn pectoral muscle, was injured when he got tangled with the Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao. Horford was not available to speak following the game. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 27, 2013 Updates

The Hawks were still waiting for medical examinations and results on Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll Friday afternoon. The results may not be know until later today or as late as Saturday morning. Both starters left Thursday’s victory over the Cavaliers with injuries. Horford left in the first overtime with a right shoulder injury. Carroll left in the fourth quarter with a right thumb injury. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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The hidden impact of the Gay deal is that we're suddenly down to just 10 names in the entire league who are even eligible to be released via the amnesty clause next July. And when you read those 10 names you'll understand why Boozer and Perkins, now that Salmons has been dealt, are realistically the last two who can generate any legitimate amnesty speculation until the next collective bargaining agreement. They are: Atlanta's Al Horford; Boston's Rajon Rondo; Chicago's Boozer and Joakim Noah; Memphis' Mike Conley and Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Nick Collison, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins; San Antonio's Tony Parker. ESPN.com

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Horford, a 27-year-old veteran center of the Atlanta Hawks who is averaging 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks so far in the 2013-14 NBA season, plans on being with the squad in 2014. "God willing," Horford said, "I will represent the country at the World Cup. It's only a question of me being healthy. I feel very proud to represent my country." FIBA.com

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Horford and the Hawks have, albeit not at a championship level. So, how patient can he be while Ferry's and Budenholzer's regime takes hold? "That's a very fair question," Horford said by phone Friday afternoon. "I do realize that, and I do want to win. I do want to be in a really good position to compete. I wonder. I do wonder what's going to be our next move as a team. But for now, all I can focus on is this team, this year. But absolutely -- I want to compete. I want to be part of a winning, successful, championship team. I do trust that Danny's moving in the right direction, but like you said, I have been in seven years already. Some things are going to have to happen the next few years." NBA.com

Understand: Horford is not making a threat, or a demand, even. It's as if he's pointing out today is Monday. It's an observation. Which is good news for the Hawks, because Ferry has no interest in starting over by dealing the Hawks' key pieces. Horford is a lynchpin. "We certainly respect Al's value to our program," Ferry texted Sunday. "He is a high level basketball player, teammate and person. I am excited to see his continued growth as one of our leaders under Coach Bud." NBA.com

Horford has two years left on the five-year, $60 million extension he got from Atlanta in 2010. He can see his former University of Florida teammate, Joakim Noah, with a similar deal in Chicago -- and with Derrick Rose. He can see the Heat and the Knicks and the Nets, loaded up with multiple stars, trying to win now -- and the Cavaliers and Wizards of the east getting better. The Hawks are good, but not great. Horford is patient. For now. "My bigger challenge is, as you know, half of our team is new," he says. "And a lot of the key pieces that we had in the past are gone. It's been a matter of me, as much as we can, practicing together, and in games, starting to learn that chemistry, learning to play off of one another. For me, it's a transition I'm still working on. But I feel like we're making progress." NBA.com

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