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Al Horford says free-agent decision came down to Celtics and Rockets

Al Horford, Corey Brewer

Boston Celtics’ Al Horford (42) shoots as Houston Rockets’ Corey Brewer (33) defends during the half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


The Rockets’ top target in free agency last summer was reportedly Al Horford.

They seemingly came close to landing the star big man, who ultimately signed with the Celtics.

Horford on Houston, via A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston:

“I really considered coming here,” Horford told reporters on Monday. “But them and Boston and Washington. (Houston) and Boston were probably the two teams I was really, really looking at. Just a lot to consider.”

The Rockets settled for Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, two offensively skilled players who’ve aided Houston’s rise on that end. But Horford is the type of two-way player who could’ve helped offensively while boosting the Rockets’ defense.

It’s an intriguing “what if?” but I’m drawn to the Wizards’ role in this saga. Washington reportedly came close to signing Anderson, let him linger to chase Horford and then wound up with neither. And the Wizards weren’t even a finalist for Horford? Their struggles might not be so deep with Anderson propping up a troubling power forward position/bench. This seems like another miscalculation on their part.