In recent memory, the Hawks organization has shown the ability to let free agents go for nothing, including Al Horford and Demarre Carroll in consecutive years. Even though Millsap is 32, he still brings it every single night by doing the dirty work. His game isn’t predicated off of athleticism, he is a great team-first player, and he is very durable. Millsap is looking at a fourth all-star appearance, but seems to go unnoticed because he flies under the radar and his team-first mentality.
In the latest ESPN’s Real Plus Minus (RPM), Millsap ranks 1st on the Hawks and 9th overall in the NBA. He also ranks 2nd overall among power forwards, right behind Draymond Green. But ranks 1st overall defensively as a power forward, 3rd overall just behind Rudy Gobert and Andrew Bogut. These metrics explain how effective Millsap is when he’s on the court and how positively or negatively the team plays. With the cap steadily rising, a $100+ million offer doesn’t seem far-fetched as it was 5 years ago.
With the new collective bargain system, he would be eligible to make more money by staying in Atlanta, rather than leaving for a new opportunity. The only thing that would keep Millsap from extending contract is his pursuit of a championship. Atlanta has been in the playoff discussion the past few years, but has failed to beat a Lebron-led team. It is almost guaranteed that the Hawks will offer the maximum extension in the offseason, but it is unclear the direction Millsap wants to go.