The Toronto Raptors snatched DeMarre Carroll earlier Wednesday from the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks wasted no time to seal a contract with their best available free agent, Paul Millsap, for the next three seasons.
The Hawks will re-sign unrestricted free agent forward Paul Millsap – a two-time All-star, with the franchise, according to RealGM.com – for three seasons and an aggregate salary of $58 million. The final year of the deal will be a player option, which could free up 30-year-old Millsap to sign another big contract after he gets a salary hike in 2016 summer. Both parties are happy with the deal. Orlando Magic also offered the All-star forward a four-year contract worth $80 million. After retaining Millsap, the Hawks will move forward to find a replacement for Carroll.
Millsap agreed to an apparently below-market two-year, $19 million contract offered by Hawks in 2013 to switch over from Utah Jazz. Since joining the Hawks, Millsap has lifted his game to a higher level by improving his offensive arsenal and becoming a prolific 3-point shooter.