Thursday, October 28, 2010

Horford and Hawks in contract talks

If the Atlanta Hawks and the All-Star center Al Horford will come to an agreement on a contract extension, the player says he probably will not happen until just before the deadline.

Horford said Monday that the Hawks and agent Arn Tellem, who have been in talks for nearly a month, will meet later this week regarding a contract extension he signed as the selected number three in the draft 2007.

If no agreement is reached by Monday, Horford would become a restricted free agent next summer once the Hawks will extend a qualifying offer by 30 June.

"I think you'll really get to the last day," said Horford.

So far, only two players taken in the draft 2007 have secured contract extensions.

The number two, Kevin Durant, received a five-year agreement and $ 85 million of Oklahoma City and the co-Horford on the Universite de Florida, Joakim Noah, the number nine, she landed a five-year and 60 million plus incentives of Chicago.

The real value of the extensions could change within the next collective bargaining agreement. Under the current labor agreement, which expires in June, the Hawks Horford can offer an extension of up to five years and $ 82 million.

Horford said he was not nervous or anxious about the deadline. "All I can do is concentrate on playing," he said. "Obviously, I hope we can do.

I can not control that. . . .

I've always been that way when it comes to something beyond me, and I can not do anything about it.

All I can do is move forward, "he added.

The advantage of Horford in obtaining an extension is that he would not be a free agent during what could be a labor impasse next summer. Otherwise, Horford options include playing for the Atlanta offer qualified in 2011-12, signed an offer with another team or return to try to negotiate an extension with the Hawks.

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