Paul Millsap Is Bigger Value for Atlanta Hawks Than Anyone Thought

January 28th, 2014 by D.J. Foster Leave a reply »

When the Atlanta Hawks signed veteran power forward Paul Millsap to a two-year deal worth $19 million this offseason, they were applauded for finding a great value in a setting that rarely provides such a thing.

Normally, outside of the truly elite players, free agency is all about veteran players commanding bloated contracts that have the potential to kill cap flexibility. It's a minefield for any franchise trying to hit the reset button, but Hawks general manager Danny Ferry decided to enter the fray anyway.

When Ferry emerged with Millsap, one of the most highly regarded forwards in the league, it was a surprise. Everything about the deal was a surprise, really. The short length of the deal and the thrifty dollar amount per season were unexpected, of course, but so was the team.

The Hawks were supposed to be in a full-blown rebuild, and Millsap was supposed to take his talents to a real contender if he wasn't getting a megadeal like former frontcourt mate Al Jefferson got in Charlotte.

To say that the arrangement has worked out well for both Millsap and the Hawks would be a major understatement. ...

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