3. Al Horford — 2023-24 Salary: $10 Million
Al Horford has been a fan favorite since arriving in Beantown six years ago, starting in 340 games throughout five seasons.
While there’s no denying his connection with the fanbase, it’s grown clearer over the years that Horford is no longer the player who represented Boston in the 2017-18 NBA All-Star Game. He’s going to be 38 by the time next summer rolls around, highlighting the fact that he’s far removed from his prime.
Horford is far from the worst player in the league, but his poor postseason performance showed that a massive decline could be on the way.
For reference, here’s a comparison of his 2022-23 regular-season and postseason stats:
- Regular season: 30.5 minutes, 9.6 PTS, 6.2 REB, 47.6 FG%, 44.6 3P%
- Postseason: 30.9 minutes, 6.7 PTS, 7.2 REB, 38.6% FG%, 29.8 3P%
Although he’s still a decent paint presence, it’s clear that Horford no longer has the offensive tools to be a $10 million player. If he can’t at least rediscover his three-point shot early in the campaign, it’s going to be difficult to justify starting him in 60-plus games again.
Furthermore, Horford is back under contract in 2024-25 for $9.5 million. In other words, even though his contract looks bad now, it could look a lot worse this time next year.
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