Marc Stein reports Boston Celtics center Al Horford has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Celtics say Al Horford has tested positive for COVID-19 and has joined Jaylen Brown on the list of Boston players in quarantine. pic.twitter.com/ktLZoNUlKG
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 12, 2021
The 14-year veteran joins forward Jaylen Brown in quarantine, putting his status for the Celtics season opener against the New York Knicks. Playing 28 games last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Horford averaged 27 minutes, scoring 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists per game.
Horford spent three seasons with the Celtics from 2016-2019, starting 208 games, averaging 31 minutes, 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists per game. With the Celtics for the second time, Horford will likely split time among Enes Kanter and Robert Williams for playing time.
Posting a 36-36 record, the Celtics secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, losing to the Brooklyn Nets in the Conference Semifinals in six games.
Opening the 2021 season, the Celtics are a 1-point road favorite against the Knicks on FanDuel Sportsbook. Projected to win 46.5 wins, the Celtics are +5000 to win the 2022 NBA Championship.