Hawks’ Al Horford expanding his game as free agency looms

From Yahoo Sports:

The NBA’s star-studded free-agent class this summer could include LeBron James and Kevin Durant, yet Atlanta Hawksbig man Al Horford is confident he won’t get lost in the crowd.

The nine-year veteran has had a solid career, averaging 14.3 points and nine rebounds per game. Yet he hasn’t stopped expanding his game.

“The NBA game is changing a lot,” Horford, 29, told Yahoo Sports. “I know everyone always says that, but especially these past three seasons I feel like it changed even more. For me, I’m in the process of re-changing some aspects of my game to fit this new mold. It’s kind of forcing me to do some things that I haven’t done in the past.

“As you probably have seen, I’m shooting more from 3-point range. I’m making sure I penetrate more to the basket. Little things you need to be able to do in the new NBA.”

Horford is averaging 15.2 points, seven rebounds and three assists through 49 games this season and is taking a career-high three 3-pointers per game. He’s shooting a respectable 33.1 percent from long distance, hitting 48 of 145 attempts after making a career-high 11 3-pointers last year.

Horford, a three-time All-Star, is making $12 million in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Atlanta can offer Horford a maximum five-year, $146 million contract, which Horford is seeking, a source told Yahoo Sports.

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