They had Aldridge in the bag until he changed his mind during the 48 hours between their meeting and his decision.Let's not bury the lead: Boston Celtics big man Al Horford, playing his first game Saturday since suffering a concussion in practice on Halloween, was simply spectacular against the Detroit Pistons.
As the day progressed, it seemed likely Horford was going to leave Atlanta, given the Hawks never offered him the full five-year max he had asked for to stay with the team that drafted him third overall in 2007.
The Washington Wizards came into this summer hoping to land a star.
Their last chance to do so via the free agent market went away Saturday night.
Horford’s defection has transformed both teams, and what follows is a statistical deep dive into how.
Howard is among the game’s best rebounders while Horford is among the elite passers for his position. Passing One thing that has distinguished the Hawks throughout Mike Budenholzer’s tenure has been the team’s proficiency in manufacturing wide open shots (no defender within six feet).