2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Al Horford: 4 years, $109 million (Philadelphia 76ers)

There are obvious questions about how Al Horford will fit alongside Joel Embiid, but honestly, what better way to take care of the guy who routinely bottled up The Process in their head-to-head matchups than just adding him to your team?

The Philadelphia 76ers dramatically changed their makeup in the span of a few hours. J.J. Redick and Jimmy Butler are gone, Tobias Harris and Mike Scott will return and now Josh Richardson and Al Horford are inbound. That’s a potentially massive starting lineup of Embiid, Horford, Richardson, Harris and Ben Simmons. Where everyone fits together on the floor remains to be seen.

At 33 years old, Horford will be 36 in the final year of this contract, which will be paying him an average of $27 million per season. That’s a hefty investment in a guy who’s not a perfect fit and could be on the decline very soon.

It’s admirable how general manager Elton Brand has attacked the offseason, but this could wind up being an ill-advised, brash maneuver when all is said and done. Horford can spread the floor as a 36 percent 3-point shooter, but the Sixers will be counting on Embiid improving his long range efficiency for this to work. Small-ball lineups could put this frontcourt duo in trouble. There’s a lot of talent and basketball IQ to work with, but it remains to be seen how Brett Brown will manage it.

Grade: B-