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Atlanta Hawks could stop short of offering max contract to Paul Millsap, per report

This is a very interesting tidbit.

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The Atlanta Hawks have a massive decision to make with Paul Millsap this summer. The Hawks can offer the most money (and most years) to the veteran All-Star but, given his age, it certainly is not a no-brainer that Atlanta should provide Millsap with a “max” offer on July 1.

With that in mind, Chris Vivlamore of the AJC caught up Hawks GM Travis Schlenk and the new head of the front office had very intriguing comments regarding Millsap’s free agency.

“We are going to make Paul our best offer. Will he have better offers? I don’t know. Do we want to keep Paul? Sure. I said last week, if you are building a team with all the things I’ve said, Paul checks all those boxes. He’s a hard-worker. He’s a good guy. He’s high-character. Skilled. He does all that stuff. We’d like to have him. The reality is, he might get better offers than we can make him.”

Schlenk has repeatedly expressed a desire to keep Paul Millsap if possible but, in the same breath, he has spoken extensively about a policy to avoid bad contracts. This, along the comments above, may indicate that he is not willing to churn out a max offer and the AJC’s report backs that up with additional background.

Because of his age, it is not an absolute given that Millsap will garner full max offers from around the league. However, it is entirely possible (or even likely) that Millsap will receive at least one offer for the four-year max of more than $150 million.

Hawks owner Tony Ressler has previously indicated an express desire to keep Millsap at any cost. This, at least on the surface, appears to fly in the face of that but, in the end, we will not have full knowledge until free agency begins. For now, though, skeptics of a Paul Millsap max contract likely rejoice. Stay tuned.