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3 Al Horford Destinations That Would Absolutely Crush the Celtics

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 07: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics battle for a rebound during the second quarter of their game at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics | Maddie Meyer

The Boston Celtics' Jenga tower is dangerously close to collapsing in the 2019 offseason, as the team is preparing for the exits of Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, who declined a 2019 player option as he seeks a four-year deal in free agency. While he is no longer a No. 1 option, his low-post game, defense, and basketball IQ could be a major boon for these three teams.

3. Milwaukee Bucks

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 08: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Daniel Theis #27 of the Boston Celtics at Fiserv Forum on May 08, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 116-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Five | Jonathan Daniel

With Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic all expected to test the free agency market to some extent, Milwaukee could look a lot different come next season. Rebuilding with Horford, who adds a degree of physicality, interior defense, and rebounding they didn't have before, could help them get over the Eastern Conference Finals hump they fell flat at in 2018.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 07: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics defends LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden on February 07, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics | Maddie Meyer

To play with LeBron James, you need to do one of three things well: shoot the three at a solid rate, have a high basketball IQ, or add tough, physical defense. Luckily for James and the Lakers, Horford can do all three of those things. If they can make the financials work, Horford would be a natural fit in LA, even if he had to sacrifice playoff time.

1. Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 14: D'Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots against Brad Wanamaker #9 of the Boston Celtics during the fourth quarter of the game at Barclays Center on January 14, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets | Sarah Stier

Brooklyn can't be discounted as a potential landing spot given Horford's association with Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, who was an assistant during Horford's Atlanta Hawks days and a former head coach on his Dominican Republic team. With the Nets having only two true front court players last year in Jarrett Allen and Ed Davis, the latter of whom is a free agent, Brooklyn is in need of everything Horford offers.