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Report: Celtics' Al Horford undecided on player option for next season

Report: Celtics' Al Horford undecided on player option for next season

Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis rightfully have hogged most of the spotlight lately, but don't forget about Al Horford.

The 33-year-old big man still has to decide whether he will opt into the final year of his contract for $30.1 million, or if he'll follow in Irving's footsteps and hit unrestricted free agency.

Unless Horford and the Celtics agree to move back the deadline, he'll have to make up his mind on his player option by Tuesday. As of Saturday, he remains undecided according to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe.

If Horford were to opt out of his current contract and hit the free-agent market, it's believed he could seek a deal for three years at roughly $20 million per. It's unclear whether the Celtics would be willing to give Horford that kind of deal.

Of course, Horford nearing the tail end of his career could factor in the 12-year veteran's decision to chase a ring rather than see how the situation in Boston plays out.

Nevertheless, one thing is for sure: Celtics co-owner Wys Grousbeck wasn't kidding when he called this the most uncertain C's offseason since 2007.

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Here's who Celtics' Marcus Smart believes is NBA's most unstoppable player

Here's who Celtics' Marcus Smart believes is NBA's most unstoppable player

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart is one of the best defensive players in the NBA, so he's uniquely qualified to speak on the debate over which player in the league is the most unstoppable.

Smart was posed this question in a recent video done by The Players' Tribune, and his pick for the league's most unstoppable player wasn't Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo or Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (when healthy, of course). 

It was Kawhi Leonard, who's in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers after signing with them in free agency over the summer.

Check out Smart's rationale behind choosing Leonard in the video below:

The Celtics and Clippers will square off for the first time this season Wednesday night at Staples Center. It's uncertain if either Leonard (load management) or Smart (right ankle sprain) will play, but if they do, fans will be treated to an epic matchup between one of the league's top five players and one of its finest defenders.

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Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Clippers, which tips off Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 10 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App. 

The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Celtics fans, city of Boston unique?

The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Celtics fans, city of Boston unique?

Enes Kanter has played just six games for the Celtics, so the jury is still out on how he fits on the basketball court.

But the city of Boston already seems like a very good fit for the outspoken big man.

On the second episode of NBC Sports Boston's "The Enes Kanter Show," Kanter admitted to co-host Chris Forsberg he's already noticed a difference between Boston fans and the fans of other teams he's played for.

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"The one thing I love about Boston is, it's a very educational, very influential town," Kanter said.

"Whichever city I play for, people used to run at me and say, 'Good game last night, good double-double, good this, good that.' But now people are coming up to me and saying, 'Hey, I read your op-ed last night, it was amazing.'

"They're like, 'What you're doing is so brave, keep doing what you're doing.' And I'm like, 'Wow, they don't talk about just basketball. They talk about what's going on off the court too.' That really touched my heart, for sure."

Kanter has been an active critic of the Turkish government under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and has written op-eds in both The Boston Globe and the Washington Post since coming to Boston this offseason.

The 27-year-old also has met with several local politicians, including Massachusetts senator Ed Markey, to help him exercise his right to free speech in the face of pressure from Erdoğan.

Kanter's activism hasn't gone unnoticed in Boston, where fans are as liable to compliment him for his off-court work as they are for him helping the Celtics win.

Check out the full episode above or in the YouTube player below.

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