Al Horford
Jan 12, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) goes to the basket over San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (41) during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

Al Horford opened up about the decision of the Oklahoma City Thunder to shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Horford spoke with the Thunder management and is at peace with this decision, as Oklahoma City wants to give more minutes to its young players.

“I know what it’s like to be a young, aspiring player, and at this point in the season I understand how important playing meaningful minutes is for their careers and their development.

I look forward to supporting the guys who supported me. When I arrived, I understood the direction of the team, we had a great individual plan in place for me, and I feel like as a result I’ve played really good basketball for the Thunder,” Horford said in a statement, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Horford has two years and $53M left on his contract with the Thunder and is expected to join another team for the 2021/22 season.