Read Al Horford’s thank-you note to the Celtics

Horford signed a deal with the Philadelphia Sixers.

Boston, MA - 5/06/2019 - (4th quarter) the Milwaukee Bucks began their celebration as time ran out on Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) and the Celtics.  The Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section:  Sports, Reporter:  Adam Himmelsbach, Topic:  07Celtics-Bucks, LOID:  8.5.1202314293 .
Al Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists for the Boston Celtics last season. He will take his talents to Philadelphia after a three-year long career in Boston. –Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Al Horford will join the Philadelphia Sixers, as was announced on July 10. The NBA All-Star spent three years on the Boston Celtics, averaging 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists last season, but decided to become a free agent in June.

The Celtics didn’t want to lose Horford. President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that re-structering Horford’s contract was on “the priority list,” while head coach Brad Stevens  told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach on July 9 that Horford was “wanted back”.

Horford, however, decided to play elsewhere. In a farewell note, he thanked the Celtics organization and fans for their support during his time in Boston:

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“You welcomed me with open arms 3 years ago,” Horford wrote. “We had a goal to raise another banner in the rafters. We fell short of that goal. I appreciate everyone in Boston. Ownership, front office, coaches and teammates. Most important, thank you to all the fans. Thank you Boston!”