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08:25 AM ET 09.03 | Because of an improved and glitzier Eastern Conference, set between a new head coach and some uncertainty in his future, Al Horford may make for an interesting NBA storyline this season. Indications are that the Hawks plan to make an aggressive push to sign Al to an extension but that process hasn't started. "I haven't heard anything yet," Horford said. "I think anything will start coming once training camp gets going. I am just kind of leaving to that to the owners and my representation and just seeing what happens. I am going to keep working hard and keep doing what I've been doing."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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September 3, 2010  08:32 AM ET

I'm happy that they're moving in the right direction....locking down a productive big man is a move successful franchises make...get er' done.

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September 3, 2010  09:19 AM ET
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Hes a RFA.....hes limited offensively and is an undersized centerHe is though, an intangibles guy, hustler, and you want a guy like this on your team......Let him play out the season, let him hit the market, let the market dictate his value...ala david lee last year. The team cannot win a ring witbout an upgrade in the offensive post, you don't want another okafur type contract on your roster....al is a VERY good player, but hes more like varejao......NOT a 12+ mil per year player

I get your point. But if they don't extend his contract he'd quit in the playoffs like Joe Johnson did. By the way any word on how things went with that meeting they had with Crawford? He's the one they need to focus cos if he goes Vince Carter on them their season is a wrap.

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September 3, 2010  09:32 AM ET

I would like to see Horford play on a team with a true center so he could play his natural PF spot.

September 3, 2010  09:33 AM ET
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He's a Power Forward playing Center on an undersized team... I think he's gone... personally I think he'd fit well with the Knicks along side Stoudemire.

I'm not so sure about that, two 6'10" PF... who is going to play center?

September 3, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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I'm not so sure about that, two 6'10" PF... who is going to play center?

I think we got a real center in Mozgov. He dropped 18 in 19 minutes along with rebounds and a blocked shot... he's speedy as hell. Lets go Knicks.

September 3, 2010  09:44 AM ET
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your roster....al is a VERY good player, but hes more like varejao......NOT a 12+ mil per year player

He's surpassed a Varejao type skill-set... he can manufacture his points, and he's still getting better... with a little time and his hard work he'll be worth 12M ...btw he's an athletic 6"10...he won't be playing Dwight Howard every night...lol

September 3, 2010  09:50 AM ET

Come to LA, Bro.

September 3, 2010  11:19 AM ET
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I get your point. But if they don't extend his contract he'd quit in the playoffs like Joe Johnson did.

do you have any actual logic behind this statement?

September 3, 2010  11:43 AM ET
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do you have any actual logic behind this statement?

do you watch nba playoffs? Go back check Joe Johnson's averages against Orlando last year and against Cleveland two years ago... that's the logic for you.

September 3, 2010  11:46 AM ET
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do you watch nba playoffs? Go back check Joe Johnson's averages against Orlando last year and against Cleveland two years ago... that's the logic for you.

WHAT THE **** DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH AL HORFORD QUITTING? THEY ARE DIFFERENT PEOPLE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

September 3, 2010  11:56 AM ET
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WHAT THE **** DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH AL HORFORD QUITTING? THEY ARE DIFFERENT PEOPLE. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Are you nuts... he's seen JJ quit his way to a 126 mil contract. What's the point of playing hard to risk injury in a contract year. Not to mention Horford is not super talented... he's somewhere between Ben Wallace and Varejao so if he gets hurt aint nobody giving him top dollas cos he has no upside. The stakes are too high... ATL better get to together.

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September 3, 2010  01:39 PM ET
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Are you nuts... he's seen JJ quit his way to a 126 mil contract. What's the point of playing hard to risk injury in a contract year.

if you think that everyone does this, then you should just stop watching basketball. seriously.

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September 3, 2010  02:32 PM ET

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The Hawks need to sign him now but don't commit to too many years. I don't see how any player is worth a 5 year guaranteed contract. The future is just not predictable.

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September 3, 2010  09:51 PM ET

Suns gave Joe Johnson way to much money. He's got to many miles on those legs.

 
September 3, 2010  09:57 PM ET
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Suns gave Joe Johnson way to much money. He's got to many miles on those legs.

The only thing Suns gave JJ was a ticket to go join ATL.

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