Paul Millsap played the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, establishing himself as a solid option at the power-forward position. Millsap then joined the Atlanta Hawks on a two-year, $19 million deal and became a two-time All-Star. Now he’s set to hit free agency again, and the Jazz are going to try to bring him back:
Just caught wind that the Jazz will actively pursue Hawks UFA PF Paul Millsap this off-season.
— Spencer Checketts (@1280Spence) June 12, 2015
It’s a nice thought, but it’s likely not going to happen. First of all, the Hawks are going to do whatever they can to bring Millsap back. He was a huge part of their success this year, and even though Atlanta’s season ended in disappointment, that likely won’t stop them from offering him the big bucks.
Millsap may be looking for a max contract, which would start at somewhere around $18 million. Utah doesn’t have that kind of cap space but could get close by waiving the non-guaranteed contracts on the roster. The Jazz would still be a bit short, so they’d have to shed more salary in order to offer a full max.
Even if max space is opened up, Utah already has Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert in the frontcourt. Would Millsap really sign with the Jazz with those two in place? It certainly seems unlikely. Furthermore, Utah would probably be better off using its cap space on some role players to bolster its depth around the talented young core in place.