The Atlanta Hawks are making big waves across the NBA on July 1st. The team has already acquired the services of Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs, and on the other side of things, DeMarre Carroll is headed for Toronto to join the Raptors after receiving a monster, $60 million contract offer. With that, the full attention of the organization (and the fan base) turns to Paul Millsap, who is reportedly weighing a decision between staying in Atlanta or potentially joining the Orlando Magic.
Fortunately for the Hawks, there are rumblings that the organization is confident they can persuade Paul to return.
As Hawks finalize Splitter trade and lose DeMarre Carroll to the Raptors, front office remains confident they can re-sign Paul Millsap.— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) July 1, 2015
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports the organizational confidence, and while it isn't tangible, it should do wonders for easing the concerns of some fans. The Hawks do have somewhat of a "hole" on the wing in the absence of Carroll, but that panic can be downgraded a bit if Atlanta can keep the versatility and overall competence of a player like Millsap.
There is no question that Tiago Splitter would serve more capably in a "third big" role than as a starting center, and if Millsap can return, the pieces begin to fall into place for the remainder of free agency. Stay tuned.