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Atlanta Hawks failed to offer full five-year maximum contract to Al Horford, per report

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Six. Million. Dollars.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Al Horford is officially headed to Boston to join the Celtics, and the Atlanta Hawks are left searching for a “Plan B” for both the present and future. However, the Hawks can potentially look inward when it comes to placing the blame for Horford’s departure.

While Boston offered the full, four-max contract to Horford (which he eventually accepted), Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Atlanta’s offer fell short of the maximum level over a five-year period.

In addition, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical brings further detail, including the fact that the Hawks and Horford were separated in terms of financial commitment by only $6 million total over five seasons.

As noted by Wojnarowski, Horford appears to have simply drawn a line in the sand in terms of the negotiations, and Atlanta’s unwillingness to budge sent him packing for Boston.

On one hand, the Hawks deserve some level of “credit” for their financial restraint, but in the same breath, it will be hard for the fan base to swallow the pill of knowing Horford is playing for a rival over a difference of only $1.2 million per season.