Just as big in this is the loss of Horford. He isn’t quite the big body Howard is and won’t put up the rebounding numbers but he was the most popular player on this team and regarded for being the “glue guy”. Why wouldn’t you just give him the max contract he wanted? Granted that didn’t necessarily mean you got better so maybe that is what the suits were thinking. They had to try something. There weren’t many dynamic wings (Durant excluded) available so maybe this was their best option? Again I hope it works. I’d hate to see the franchise lose a player like Horford in a gamble that doesn’t help the franchise. Unfortunately I’m not sure if this was a good move and only time will tell.