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#pounditTuesday, January 31, 2023

Al Horford has huge incentive in his contract for playoff success

Al Horford during warmups

Jan 28, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) prepares for a game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Al Horford carried the Boston Celtics to a crucial win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the two teams on Monday night. The veteran center is playing some of his best basketball as he tries to capture his first NBA title. If he were able to do that, he would also earn a massive payday.

Next season is the final year of a four-year, $109 million contract Horford signed with the Philadelphia 76ers back in 2019. The first three years and $82.5 million of the deal were guaranteed. Next season, however, Horford is guaranteed only $14.5 million of his $26.5 million salary. The entire $26.5 million would become guaranteed if the Celtics win the NBA Finals.

As ESPN’s Bobby Marks noted four years ago, Horford’s guarantee increases to $19.5 million if his team reaches the Finals. He gets the full amount if Boston wins it all.

Horford has made nearly $250 million during his career. His primary motivation is undoubtedly capturing a ring. An extra $12 million would make the feat that much sweeter.

Considering he will turn 36 this offseason, Horford is unlikely to sign another huge contract. Though, he is still playing at a high level. The five-time All-Star scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Monday’s 116-108 win. He also posterized Giannis Antetokounmpo with an awesome dunk. If Horford keeps playing like that, he will have a chance to win a ring and cash in on those incentives.

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