Paul Millsap agrees to two-year, $19 million deal with Atlanta Hawks

Paul Millsap becomes a Hawk.    (USATSI)
Paul Millsap becomes a Hawk. (USATSI)

After Dwight Howard finally, mercifully made his decision to join the Houston Rockets and end the nonsense with his decisions, the dominoes started to fall quickly. Tops among them, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a two-year $19 million deal with free agent forward Paul Millsap

Millsap, a 28-year-old, 6-8 power forward played seven seasons with the Jazz, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Utah last season. In 2012, he posted a 21.2 PER and had a true shooting percentage (factoring 3's and free throws) of 55 percent last season. Millsap is a monster inside and able to stretch the floor.

He's a perfect complement to center Al Horford. Horford, too often thought of as a power forward, has played exceptionally well at center, even better than when at power forward, over the past few years. He's learned to operate down low, and in today's small-ball NBA, there's no reason to think that strategy can't continue to work. Additionally, Millsap can work in the small forward spot with Horford at the four, if the Hawks find a center. (Possibly Omer Asik if talks continue for a sign-and-trade with the Rockets for Josh Smith.)

Millsap gives the Hawks a tough, efficient player inside who can defend multiple positions and stretch the floor, and all for under $10 million per season, on a short-term contract. The Hawks may not have gotten Dwight Howard, but they did land a great free agent for value in Millsap.

The question now will be what the Hawks do at point guard, and if they re-sign Jeff Teague, who hasn't gotten much interest on the open market. 

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Matt Moore's colleagues have been known to describe him as a "maniac" in terms of his approach to covering the NBA, which he has done for CBS Sports since 2010. Moore prides himself on melding reporting,... Full Bio

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