Paul Millsap, the undersized big man for the Atlanta Hawks, has decided to opt out of his contract with the Hawks. Millsap is turning down $21 million in order to test free agency. Granted, Millsap will end up earning a lot more than $21 million by the time he signs his new contract this offseason. The only question there is now, where will he go?
I believe Atlanta is going to do everything they can do to keep him, although they still have to wait to hire a new GM before any decision on Millsap is made. That'll be the biggest factor in Millsap returning to the Hawks or not.
My question for Hawk fans... Is Paul Millsap really worth it? I understand he's a solid player, but he's not really a superstar, and he's only getting older. He's not a great scorer, him never averaging over 20 ppg in his career proves that. He also isn't a great rebounder averaging just over 8 rpg in his career in Atlanta. He shoots under 35% from 3 point land and in the last 2 seasons he's been closer to 30%, so he isn't that much of a threat where he really stretches the defense. There's nothing about this guy that makes you believe he's worth $25 million plus, even though I'm sure he'll end up getting it. That's today's NBA for ya, overpay for players that aren't going to get you over the top, but hey, they'll help sell tickets.
If Millsap was willing to take less money and join a team that already had superstars then he'd be able to make a real impact on a team and maybe actually compete for a championship. We all know that ain't going to happen, Millsap is looking for one last fat payday, and that's exactly what he's going to get. Kudos to him, although he'll never leave behind a legacy in this league. I'm sure his enormous bank account will help get past that, though.