Paul Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Wizards, and Millsap can now opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
It appears that’s precisely what Millsap will do.
“It’s been great,” Millsap told reporters of his four seasons with the Hawks. “I am looking to expand this and see where this team and franchise can go. These last four years have been great. Can’t ask for nothing more.
“Now I will take some time, relax and see what happens.”
In other words, Millsap hasn’t ruled out a return to Atlanta — but he hasn’t committed yet, either. The second part is no big deal, as any player would be wise to test free agency.
Then again, it’s hard to tell what Millsap could earn on the open market. He is due to earn more than $21 million next season with Atlanta. That’s likely considerably more than any remotely cpompetitive team will be willing to pay him.
Millsap is a fine combo forward, coming off a season in which he averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds. He remains one of the game’s most underrated forces.
That said, he turned 32 years old in February and is more of a second option on really good teams. Only on decent teams such as the Hawks should he be a top option.
But stay tuned. It will be interesting to see what the offseason holds for Millsap and the Hawks as a whole.