The Hawks roster is taking shape, and there aren’t many moves left to be made, but sometimes bolstering the end of the bench can pay massive dividends come playoff time. Though he is nearing the end of a long career, Paul Millsap could provide valuable minutes coming off the bench for a playoff contender like Atlanta, and according to league sources, he is interested in re-joining the Hawks at the mid-level taxpayer exception of $5.9 million.
The former Hawk would bring toughness and veteran leadership to a young and somewhat inexperienced team. At 6’7 and 257-pounds, the power forward just came off a one-year, $10 million deal with the Nuggets and put per game averages of 9.0, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Millsap shot 34.3% on 3-pointers, which is exactly his career average, but the year before, he shot 43.5% from deep.
What Millsap will provide the Hawks with the most is veteran leadership. In 15 seasons, he’s missed the playoffs just thee times, which is the same amount of times he’s been to the conference finals. Millsap also provides above-average defense down low while doing all the little things that help the team win. Even in limited minutes with the Hawks, Millsap would be a valuable piece for this team.
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