Paul Millsap signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks in 2013, and now the forward is ready to cash in when he hits free agency this summer. Millsap is in line for a significant raise, but the Hawks are “quietly optimistic” that they’ll re-sign him, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.
Millsap has enjoyed two stellar seasons with the Hawks, going to the All-Star Game in both years. He averaged a career-high 17.9 points last year, and this season he averaged 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds while shooting 47.6 percent overall and 35.6 percent from long range.
Millsap is averaging 15.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in 12 playoff games. His efficiency has gone down some, as he’s shooting 42.2 percent overall and 35.0 percent from three in the postseason.
Millsap isn’t the only key free agent for the Hawks this summer. DeMarre Carroll will also be an unrestricted free agent, and Atlanta isn’t as confident when it comes to retaining the forward.
That’s in part because Carroll is making himself some serious coin with his postseason play. After averaging a career-high 12.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting overall and 39.5 percent from three in the regular season, that scoring average is up to 17.1 points per game in the playoffs. He’s shooting an impressive 52.4 percent from the field and a scorching 43.9 percent from three.
Another big series against LeBron James and the Cavaliers would earn Carroll even more money, and he could price himself out of Atlanta’s range, although the team will surely do all they can to keep him around.