The Hawks have undergone some big changes from the squad that had an unprecedented run in the regular season just two years ago. Faced with a talented squad the team couldn’t afford to keep together, the franchise decided to stick with Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore, Kyle Korver and Dennis Schroder while allowing Al Horford and Jeff Teague to leave for Boston and Indiana, respectively.
Now there’s reason to worry about the future of Paul Millsap, who will enter a player option year on his contract at the end of this season. If he opts in, he’ll collect $21.4 million. If he stays at his skill caliber and decides to opt out, he could find himself with a $33.6 million contract. It seems like an easy decision, but Millsap still hasn’t made up his mind. Via the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“I haven’t decided anything, no,” Millsap told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday…
“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.”
Millsap is coming off his best season ever last season, and his third year making the All-Star roster. If he opts out of his contract, it won’t tell us much about his future, as it’s the logical move whether he wants to stay in Atlanta or not. If he opts in, however, it may be a sign that Millsap wants to enter free agency the following year and look for more money on a different team. Either way, only time will tell.