Al Horford is a wanted man.
The four-time All-Star center will hit unrestricted free agency (along with Kent Bazemore) at the beginning of July, and while the Atlanta Hawks have the ability to offer Horford a longer, more lucrative contract than any other team, suitors have already begun to line up around the NBA. The latest in that line could be the Golden State Warriors, as reported by Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
According to sources familiar with free agent talks, the Warriors are looking at Al Horford, Joakim Noah and even Hassan Whiteside. The contract demands might be too hefty but the goal is clear. The Warriors can't thrive with a center that doesn't attack the rim or score inside.
This is, of course, no surprise. The Warriors face interesting restricted free agent decisions on both Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli during the summer, and Golden State has famously been linked to a pursuit of Kevin Durant. If they are unable to come up with Durant (the clear prize of this year's market), Horford would be a logical fall-back option for the defending Western Conference Champions, and as noted above, Noah and Whiteside could be in Golden State's sights as well.
Horford would be a phenomenal fit on the great majority of NBA rosters given his shooting, defensive acumen and overall versatility. That makes for an even more interesting free agent market, and with much of the league posing various levels of threat to the Hawks for his services, Atlanta could be pushed into offering the 30-year-old center the full, five-year maximum contract in order to retain his services.