Millsap may seek a max contract (eligible to start at $18 million), while Carroll is expected to get offers in the range of $12 million a year annually. The Hawks will have plenty of cap space this summer (about $23 million), but the problem is they can’t go over the cap to sign these players because they only have Early Bird rights for both players.
Atlanta could dump smaller contracts (like Mike Scott, Shelvin Mack, Kent Bazemore) to create more cap space, but even if more salary is shed, it’ll still be cutting it close if Millsap and Carroll are looking for over $30 million combined.
While the Hawks prefer both players back, they’re not concerned if they lose one or both of them. You’d have to think Millsap is the priority, but you never know how these things play out.