Jul 6, 2013, 12:31 AM EST
The Utah Jazz knew that two of their best players would be unrestricted free agents this summer, and yet they played out all of last season without trading them to try and get anything of value in return.
They didn’t bother to re-sign them, either.
The Hawks agreed to terms with free agent Paul Millsap late Friday night, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
The deal for the 6-foot-8 power forward will be for two years and $19 million, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The agreement with Millsap came hours after the Jazz renounced his rights upon agreeing to a trade with the Warriors. In that deal, the Jazz obtained the expiring contracts of Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush. Millsap made $8.6 million last season and had an $11 million cap hold.
It could be argued that the Jazz weren’t very good with Millsap and Jefferson in the fold, when they finished 43-39 a season ago, outside of the playoff picture entirely in the Western Conference.
But losing both of these players puts them into a full-fledged rebuild, and taking on the high-dollar contracts in that trade with the Warriors all but confirms that to be the case.
Meanwhile, the Hawks add an excellent player in Millsap, who averaged 14.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 78 games with the Jazz last season.
- Report: Dwight Howard could miss “extended time” with knee injury 2
- James Harden, three Hawks players lead list of NBA All-Star Game reserves 9
- Report: OKC front office backs Scott Brooks, may look to trade Reggie Jackson 8
- Dwyane Wade out indefinitely, says best case for his return is 2-3 weeks 9
- Report: Tom Thibodeau’s relationship with Bulls management believed to be ‘beyond repair’ 42
- Dwight Howard out at least two games with swelling in his knee 6
- Five Things We Learned in NBA Wednesday: Is this rock bottom for Oklahoma City? 14
- He’s on Fire! Kyrie Irving scores 55, knocks down game winning three (VIDEO) 54