Chris Mannix believes Horford would be a perfect fit with the Celtics, but the price tag might be standing in the way. “From everything I’ve been told in the last two or three days, Atlanta’s requests for both Al Horford and Jeff Teague have been borderline ridiculous,” explained Mannix. “The kind of things teams like Boston, or Milwaukee, or Denver simply won’t deal for the players they want.
No more. Boston has changed him, leveled him off. It’s made him seek higher goals. He’s an All-Star, but next year he wants to be a starter. He’s an elite point guard, but he wants to go down as one of the best little men of all time. He cedes the top spot to Allen Iverson, but refuses to believe he can’t surpass the accomplishments of anyone else. Boston’s equipment manager, John Connor, calls Thomas “Allen Iverson II,” a nickname Thomas loves and is determined to live up to. “AI is pound-for-pound the best player ever, in my opinion,” Thomas told The Vertical. “So everybody under Allen Iverson, I’m trying to be better than them.”
The Celtics have been rumored as a possible destination for Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, but Ainge threw a bit of cold water on that idea. Despite a batch of recent reports saying the Hawks could consider drastic changes, Ainge said he believes they will keep their core intact. “I will just remind you that ‘according to reports’ is the key phrase there,” he said. “There’s a lot of motivations that teams have. Sometimes it’s just to see what the value of their players are, and by leaking things like that you can find maybe what people are willing to offer. Typically when you do that and you leak out that you’re willing to move your team or break up your team and start over, you don’t really get — people are looking for bargains. They’re not going to give you the best deal. So my feeling is Atlanta will stay intact. They may make a trade or two but I don’t think they’re going to lose their key guys.”