Al Horford PF/C ATL 3 Months

The Hawks "dangled" Al Horford (pectoral) during last season's trade deadline, according to Zach Lowe of

The Hawks obviously had a high asking price since they value Horford as an elite player for their franchise. They were 16-13 at the time of the Horford injury on Dec. 26, but then fell to 22-31 the rest of the way. More recently, Horford is not taking contact just yet and is still feeling soreness from his shoulder rehab, but he is fully expected to be ready for training camp.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 4 Months

Al Horford (pectoral surgery) is limited to non-contact workouts but he expects to be recovered in time for the Hawks' training camp.

Horford is currently rehabbing with help from assistant coach Darvin Ham in Italy, as part of the Basketball Without Borders program. Horford is a terrific fantasy option when healthy, but injuries have taken a massive toll in recent seasons -- he's missed a total of 132 games over the past three years, or 53.7 of all the Hawks' games.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 4 Months

Al Horford's recovery from a torn pectoral muscle remains on schedule.

According to a statement released by the Hawks on Twitter, Horford's doctor Dr. Xavier Duralde said of Horford, "He remains on schedule to be cleared for full participation to all normal basketball activities at the start of training camp." As long as his recovery remains on track, this is great news for Horford's 2014-15 fantasy value as he has the potential to return Top 25 value as long as he's healthy.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 4 Months

Al Horford (pectoral) will not play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup for the Dominican Republic.

The team said he should be ready to go for the upcoming training camp. Horford went down due to injury back on Dec. 26, so nine months off before training camp should be plenty of time. Despite how he has torn each of his pectoral muscles, these was a bit of a freak injury and it shouldn't hurt his fantasy value heading into the 2014-15 season.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 5 Months

Al Horford (pectoral) is out for the entire preseason.

Fans were holding out hope that Horford could make a return if the Hawks upset the Pacers and advance to Round 2. It's not happening. Horford has torn each of his pectorals in the last three years and this tear is considered more severe. He's concentrating on getting healthy for 2014-15, where he'll be a risk/reward kind of fantasy play. Horford was averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on 56.7 percent shooting in the 29 games before his December injury.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 6 Months

Al Horford (pectoral) said on Thursday that it is going to be hard to come back this season.

"This injury is a little more severe than the other one," Horford said about this pectoral tear compared to the one in 2012. He's not going to be coming back, but this is a great sign for upcoming offseason. The Hawks have went back to Pero Antic at center and he's been productive on offense as a stretch five.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 7 Months

Al Horford (torn pectoral) recently had his first rehab session.

"Done with recovery phase, now getting mobility back," Horford wrote. He will not return this season but fantasy owners can look forward to having him healthy and ready for the start of the Hawks' 2014-15 campaign.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 8 Months

The NBA has granted the Hawks a $5.25 million Disabled Player Exception for Al Horford (torn pectoral).

This officially rules out Horford for the season, though he's left open a slight chance that he could play in the postseason. With Pero Antic (ankle) out for another 2-4 weeks, starting center duties have fallen to Gustavo Ayon with Elton Brand as a primary backup.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 9 Months

Al Horford is officially out of the season after having surgery to repair his torn pectoral on Tuesday.

Horford already said that he's "probably not" going to be healthy in time for the playoffs, so this essentially shuts him down until training camp next season. Paul Millsap figures to dominate touches in the Hawks' frontcourt, while guys like Elton Brand, Pero Antic, Mike Scott and Gustavo Ayon all fight for playing time.

Al Horford PF/C ATL 9 Months

Al Horford will have surgery to repair his torn pectoral muscle on Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

The loss of Horford leaves a gaping hole in the middle of Atlanta's lineup and they've used four players to try and fill the void. Hopefully, Horford can make it back for the start of the 2014-15 season, but he'll have his share of injury red flags after tearing each of his pectoral muscles in the past three seasons.