The Atlanta Hawks were back in the playoffs in 2014, largely thanks to their key free agency signing, big man Paul Millsap. Millsap signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Hawks last year and he now looks like one of the biggest steals in free agency.
The Hawks probably won’t be lucky enough to get that kind of deal again when Millsap becomes a free agent next year, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
Given that Millsap recently choose Atlanta in free agency and that he’s had success there, they may have the inside trade on keeping him, but with so many teams expected to have cap space can the Hawks risk losing such a solid asset?
That’s going to be the question they have to debate this season and one of the reasons the Hawks have been linked to so many trade scenarios.
Millsap looks to be one of the better free agent options in July and unfortunately for the Hawks there is not a lot they can do about it, given where Millsap’s contract is currently priced.
Millsap averaged 17.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc and 73.1% from the free throw line. In the postseason, going for 19.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 39.8% from the field, 33.3% from three and 80.4% from the free throw line. In his eight-year career, he’s put up 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 50.7% from the field, 32.9% from three and 72.4% from the charity stripe.
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