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Report: Thunder sitting Al Horford for remainder of season

Al Horford has played his final game for the Thunder this year.

Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford prepares to pass the ball in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Al Horford will not play basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder again this year. The big will be inactive for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. OKC is making way for its young players to develop as it rebuilds. Horford will remain with the team and train but won’t suit up for the 28 regular-season games the Thunder have left.

Horford’s removal from the rotation will boost the stats of several OKC frontcourt players. Moses Brown seems poised to take over the starting center spot and is averaging 11.4 points and 11 rebounds on 27 minutes per game in March. Former Philadelphia 76ers big man Tony Bradley, Isaiah Roby, and Alexej Pokusevski will likely be part of the regular center rotation as well.

Horford, 34, is averaging 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game on 45% shooting. He’s appeared in 28 games this season.