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Report: Al Horford leaving Celtics has nothing to do with Kyrie Irving

Report: Al Horford leaving Celtics has nothing to do with Kyrie Irving

Reports that Al Horford won't be re-signing with the Celtics after declining his $30.1 million player option were shock to many who assumed he'd stay in Boston.

So, what changed? Did rumors of Kyrie Irving bolting for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency convince Horford to jump ship as well after a tumultuous season?

Not according to the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, who reported Wednesday that Irving's expected departure for Brooklyn "is not said to have had any effect" on Horford's decision to sign elsewhere.

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As well, Horford and multiple people around him have insisted he is happy with Boston and the Celtics organization. This therefore appears to simply be a move for a better chance at a championship with a club willing to pay him more on a longer-term contract.

Bulpett's intel seems to align with a quote from Horford's father that the Herald's Mark Murphy passed along Tuesday.

Simply put, it appears Horford is making a business decision: The 33-year-old reportedly believes he can land a four-year contract north of $100 million on a title contender, and the Celtics seemingly can't grant his wishes on either front.

Horford was a fan favorite during his three seasons in Boston, so it's no surprise he has no ill will toward the C's. But his expected exit combined with Irving walking this summer would force the Celtics to further alter course during a difficult offseason.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

Celtics Talk Podcast: Exclusive sit down with Enes Kanter

New Celtics big man Enes Kanter sits down with Kyle Draper and Chris Forsberg. A. Sherrod Blakely joins Kyle and Chris to discuss Team USA's impact on the Celtics, Jaylen Brown's impressive FIBA performance and whether Kemba Walker will step up and be the leader the C's need.

1:03 - Enes Kanter interview

21:56 - Team USA's seventh-place finish

28:34 - Did the Celtics get all they could out of playing for Team USA?

32:30 - Are the Celtics more likely to give Jaylen Brown an extension after his FIBA performance?

37:15 - Will Kemba Walker be the alpha the Celtics need?

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Watch Celtics' Tacko Fall help young fan dunk at WNBA playoff game

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Watch Celtics' Tacko Fall help young fan dunk at WNBA playoff game

A young fan was able to experience the excitement of dunking a basketball with a little assistance from Tacko Fall.

The Boston Celtics center, who stands at 7-foot-6, was in attendance for Tuesday night's WNBA game between the Connecticut Sun and Los Angeles Sparks. During a break in the action, he picked up a small child and helped it dunk on a regulation-sized hoop.

Check out the special moment in the video below:

Celtics rookie Tremont Waters and assistant coach Kara Lawson also joined Fall to watch the Sun.

Fall played four seasons at the University of Central Florida and went undrafted earlier this year. He signed with the Celtics to play on their Las Vegas NBA Summer League team and performed well enough to earn an invitation to training camp, where he'll compete for one of Boston's final roster spots.

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