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The Hawks’ win totals have slipped two straight years. The team could enter free-fall mode if unable to re-sign Millsap. The power forward, who averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds, was the top producer on a roster that received disappointing returns from $70 million investments in Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore. Millsap said he wants to stay with the Hawks. “I want to be here,” Millsap said. “I think talks have been pretty good. … It’s something me, my agent and my family have got to sit down and talk about.”

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Paul Millsap will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Well, he almost said it. “I think we all know the answer to do that,” Millsap said when asked directly about his intention. He later added, “Eventually I probably will opt out, yes. But I want to be here. I think talks have been pretty good so we’ll see what happens.”
“You always want to hope for the best,” Budenholzer said. “Without a doubt what is best for us is to keep Paul. We’ve got to do everything we can to make that happen. I think that is our intention. Free agency is not an easy thing for the player or for the organization. There are a lot of things that go into it. We are incredibly optimistic and incredibly committed to Paul.”
“I’m definitely recruiting Millsap to come back,” Bazemore said. “With the way the cap is this summer is probably smart for him to (opt out) and sign something long-term somewhere. That’s the business.”
Paul Millsap, who can and likely will opt out of his contract, will take some time before deciding his future. "It's been great," Millsap told reporters of his four seasons in Atlanta. "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."
Ressler said a deal seeking his final approval to trade Millsap never reached his desk last February. And if it had, Ressler used a profane acronym to sum up his seriousness of not dealing the power forward. His intention is to keep Millsap a Hawk beyond the season. “We love Paul Millsap,” Ressler told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week. “We are trying to re-sign him. We want him to stay here. We think he is a really special player and a special person that we want on our team and in our locker room and we are going to make every effort imaginable to keep him.”
“If we lose Paul, which we desperately don’t want to do, we move on. We pull up our plan and we move on. But the goal is not to lose Paul. Paul is exactly the kind of player I love on the Atlanta Hawks. I don’t know how else to say it. I’ve said it to Paul. I’ve said it to you. I’ve said it to whoever has one ear, let alone two ears. Paul Millsap is a great guy, on the court and off the court. The NBA is a complicated place. The range of income for these players and the number of year that they have to maximize their income makes it a complicated business model.”
Ressler said he not bothered by trade talk involving Millsap earlier this season. It’s part of the business. He has the final decision. And Millsap is part of the Hawks’ business. “Did certain people have discussions based on calls they got? I have no idea,” Ressler said of the rumor. “I think that’s what basketball operations people do for a living. I actually believe the more they do that, the more it gets in the public domain. Yes, I read some of the stuff. Yes, I was told people call and people ask. We are in the Paul Millsap business. At least we are trying our best to be. Our job is to try to make him want to be here, both financially and emotionally. We are trying. That I can promise you.”
Adam Schefter: Hawks F Paul Millsap expected to void contract after season, become free agent, per sources. Loves ATL, would like to stay, but will look.
Jarrod Bryant: Is Millsap really off the table or just not getting good offers? Would be good to see him on a contender. - Steve Kyler: They shopped him, and understand what he's worth. Pulled back on talks to focus their team now, could revisit. Might re-sign him.
Millsap is widely expected to become a free agent in July by opting out of the final year of his current contract, which pays him $21.5 million this season. "We'll see what happens during the summertime," said Millsap, who is averaging 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. "I actually haven't thought about anything about that -- the summer -- right now. It has been about this season, trying to win big."
Would the Celtics be interested in Millsap? Some things would likely need to happen: Millsap would have to agree to honor the final year of his contract and the Celtics would have to offer the Hawks a chip for the long-term future — likely one of those Brooklyn picks — along with the expiring contract of Amir Johnson and likely another starter to match up salaries. It would be quite a sacrifice for the Celtics, and it would also mean Horford would have to move to center, a position he would prefer not to play.
In addition, a report surfaced that Millsap has already decided to opt out of the final year of his $21.5 million contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Simply, not true. While this is likely, due to basic economics, no decision has been made. Millsap told me this himself earlier this year and a source confirmed Sunday that not only has no decision been made but no discussion has been had.
Chris Haynes: Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap to opt out at end of season to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN.
Like it or not, true or not, there are going to be a ton of trade rumors with Paul Millsap because of his contract situation. From a management standpoint, is there something you can do to prevent it from becoming a distraction? Wes Wilcox: Paul is a great professional, and it’s absolutely our goal for Paul to be a Hawk long-term. It’s as simple as that.
Paul Millsap said he has yet to decide whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Hawks this summer. The three-time All-Star power forward has a player option for the 2017-18 season worth $21,472,407. It would seem likely that Millsap will opt out and become an unrestricted free agent based on an increase in the NBA salary cap. However, Millsap said he will see how this season plays out before making up his mind. “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.”
Retaining Millsap is a priority, according to according a person in the Hawks organization. The Hawks did discuss possible trades involving Millsap during the summer as they juggled the signing of Dwight Howard and the free agency of Al Horford.
Paul Millsap said he has yet to decide whether he will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Hawks this summer. The three-time All-Star power forward has a player option for the 2017-18 season worth $21,472,407. It would seem likely that Millsap will opt out and become an unrestricted free agent an increase in the NBA salary cap. However, Millsap said he will see how this season plays out before making up his mind. “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. 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.”
Here’s the question: If the Hawks are not out of the gate world-beaters – if they are a middling team in the East – do they hang on to Millsap? Keep in mind, he can walk as a free agent. League sources say the value of a would-be free agent diminishes the longer a team holds on to him, so if the Hawks are not sold Millsap will stay in his $21.4 million Player Option, can they really risk letting him potentially walk in July?
Millsap will remain with the Atlanta Hawks after agreeing to a three-year deal worth about $59 million, a source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Wednesday. The deal, which cannot be finalized until July 9, has a player option in the final year, according to the source, giving the 30-year-old Millsap the potential of seeking another lucrative contract after the NBA's salary cap sees a substantial increase in 2017.
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There is some interest within the organization in forward Paul Millsap, who is still generally classified in that second tier despite making two consecutive All-Star teams with the Hawks. Ultimately, though, the Celtics will not truly know where they stand with potential targets until courtships ramp up this week.
Millsap has a good relationship with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, and credits him with a great deal of his development in year 1 of his Atlanta tenure. Snyder was an assistant with Atlanta at that time. Snyder helped Millsap with "Pick & roll situations, screen in the proper place, rescreens in proper place." He also felt that Atlanta's offense "suited [him] better" than the Jazz's did under Ty Corbin.
Maybe Paul Millsap's time in a Jazz uniform hasn't come to an end. Spencer Checketts, son of former Jazz president Dave Checketts and radio show host for team-owned radio station 1280 AM The Zone, reported on Twitter on Friday that the Jazz "will actively pursue" the former Jazzman in free agency. Spencer Checketts: Just caught wind that the Jazz will actively pursue Hawks UFA PF Paul Millsap this off-season.
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