Report: Kings a ‘strong threat’ for Al Horford

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Mar 6, 2019; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) puts up a shot against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

As multiple NBA contenders set their sights on All-Star center Al Horford, a new team has reportedly emerged as a viable threat in the pursuit for the impending free agent.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Sacramento Kings are viewed around the league as a strong threat to make a big offer to Horford early in free agency.

Even after reportedly nearing agreement on a four-year, $88 million deal with forward Harrison Barnes, Sacramento still has the cap room to potentially pursue Horford.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported earlier this week that the Kings would pursue Horford and viewed him as one of their top targets to upgrade at center. The Kings likely would have to offer a four-year deal in excess of $105 million.

The 33-year-old averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 blocks per game last season with the Boston Celtics. In addition to his presence in the locker room for a young team, his defense and overall skill fit what the Kings are looking for.

Horford will be sought after by a number of teams, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.