He doesn’t hold the same star power as a LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but forward Paul Millsap could leave the Atlanta Hawks similar to the way both James and Durant left their original teams if he decides to opt out of his contract next summer. Millsap told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he is undecided about whether he will opt out of his current Hawks’ contract, which will have one year remaining after 2016-2017.
That one year left is a player option for the 2017-2018 season, and it is worth a little under $21.5 million. That is certainly a lot of green, but with the escalating NBA salary cap, it would make sense for Millsap to opt out and sign a new deal, which would probably be worth even more than his current pact.
However, the three-time All-Star said that he wants to see how the season goes before making up his mind.
“I think the plan is to see how this season goes and go from there,” Millsap said. “I can’t predict what is going to happen. For me, it’s focus on basketball. Get through this year, try to get a championship for this team first of all. We’ll deal with all that during the summer time when we have all our options on the table.”
The 31-year-old was an unrestricted free agent last summer, but he decided to return to the Hawks on a three-year, $59 million deal that included a player option for the final season. He will make just slightly more than $20 million in 2016-2017.
Millsap averaged 17.1 points, nine rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 47 percent last season. He also played in more than 80 games (81) for the first time since 2009-2010 and averaged 32.7 minutes per contest.