Celtics

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

Horford signed a deal with the Philadelphia Sixers.

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!”