The Atlanta Hawks had hopes of landing the biggest prize in NBA, Dwight Howard. However, as Dwight announced on Friday night that he would be signing with the Houston Rockets, the Hawks wasted absolutely no time in making some sizable and quality moves of their own.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore, the Hawks have agreed to deals with both Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, who both played with the Utah Jazz last season.
The lesser of the two deals was agreeing to terms with Carroll, who will sign a two-year, $5 million deal with Atlanta. Carroll played in 66 games for Utah last season, 54 of them off the bench, and played 16.8 minutes per game. He averaged six points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game on 46 percent shooting. He’ll be a nice rotation guy off the bench for the restructuring Hawks.
Millsap is a big signing for the Hawks, though. The team agreed to sign him to a two-year, $19 million deal, which is a pretty great value for what Millsap brings to the table. Though he’s not a great defender, he is an above average offensive player and plays with a high IQ. Last season he averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists on 49 percent shooting for Utah last year in 30.4 minutes per game.
The biggest repercussion of the Millsap signing is that it likely signals that Josh Smith will not be returning to Atlanta. With rumblings of Smith potentially being a part of a sign-and-trade with Houston for Omer Asik, the Millsap signing seems to make that possibility a bit more likely to go down.
If the Hawks were to land Asik, that would likely put Millsap into a sixth-man role where he could come give relief to both Asik and Al Horford, as Horford can play at both the power forward and center positions. All in all, though, Millsap may not be Howard, but he’s a good addition for Atlanta.