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Report: Al Horford Won't Join Zion Williamson In New Orleans After All

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 06: Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 06, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bucks defeat the Celtics 113-101. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving isn't the only All-Star leaving the Boston Celtics during this free agency period. It has been reported that forward Al Horford will be leaving the team, and is seeking a large four-year deal.

Horford is the type of adaptable player that most teams could fit into their starting lineups. Just this morning, it looked like he might be ready to join one of the NBA's most intriguing young teams.

The soon-to-be-former Celtic followed New Orleans Pelicans No. 1 pick Zion Williamson and star point guard Jrue Holiday on social media earlier today. Naturally, that was enough to send NBA Twitter into a frenzy.

Shortly thereafter, Marc Stein of The New York Times reported interest between Horford and New Orleans. He did leave the caveat that the franchise was worried about being outbid.

Holiday and Horford are elite defensive players, and very accomplished offensive players, at their positions. Williamson has the potential to be a game changer on both sides of the ball. That trio was very enticing on paper.

Unfortunately for Pelicans fans that were into the idea, it doesn't look like Al Horford will be joining Zion Williamson in the New Orleans front court.

Now, Stein says that the Pelicans aren't in the market for players seeking four-year deals, like Horford.

The Athletic's Will Guillory confirms the report, saying that there was interest, but the price is too high for New Orleans.

It would have been a fun fit for a team that some thing may be able to compete for a playoff spot in its first year with Williamson as the new face of the team, but Horford will have plenty of other opportunities when free agency officially opens up.