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Oct 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) reacts during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

Al Horford isn’t just leaving the Celtics, he’s jumping right to a top conference rival. The veteran big man has agreed to a four-year, $109 million deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Horford played three seasons with the Celtics, averaging 13.5 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 208 games.

The 33-year-old joins a Sixers frontcourt that already includes All-Star center Joel Embiid. Philly is also keeping forward Tobias Harris on a five-year, $180 million deal, and reportedly working with agent Rich Paul on a contract extension for guard Ben Simmons. Adding to a very busy, franchise-altering day for the 76ers, they’re also sending Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade that will send Josh Richardson to Philadelphia.

So the Sixers are currently looking at a starting five of Simmons, Richardson, Harris, Horford, and Embiid. That should easily make them a top contender in the Eastern Conference once again. And at the same time, they keep Horford from potentially returning to the Celtics, who now have to look elsewhere for a big man.

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