Al Horford denies report he left Hawks because they signed Dwight Howard
Why did Al Horford leave the Hawks for the Celtics?
He cited money, the biggest factor in player movement.
But did Atlanta signing Dwight Howard play a part? A couple reports say so.Ken Berger of CBSSports:
Factor No. 1, according to league sources: Horford was none too pleased with how reluctant the Hawks were to come forward with a full five-year max. Factor No. 2: Atlanta’s signing of Dwight Howard. Could there be a more contradicting force in the NBA to Horford than Howard, in terms of substance vs. style?
“He didn’t want to play with Dwight,” a person familiar with the situation told CBS Sports.
Zach Lowe of ESPN:
Horford denies that, though.
Howard doesn’t seem like the best teammate, but neither I nor Horford have played with him. As a free agent, Horford had little recourse but to go by hearsay -- positive or negative -- about Howard. It’s not as if Horford could have a test run playing with Howard.
Leaving Atlanta in part because of Howard is a perfectly acceptable choice. But slamming Howard publicly on the way out the door would be viewed as totally unacceptable.
So, file this under: What else is he supposed to say?