At start of free agency, Horford’s heart is in Atlanta

Al Horford’s heart is in Atlanta.

The Hawks All-Star center becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. His preference is to return to Atlanta, where he has played all nine of his NBA seasons after the Hawks selected him with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. Hawks management has also made it clear that re-signing Horford is a top priority this summer.

Now, it comes down to a contract.