Sources: Hawks reach terms with Millsap, Carroll
The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to contracts with free-agent
forwards Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, continuing their
makeover under general manager Danny Ferry.
Two people close to the negotiations confirmed the deals for
Millsap and Carroll, who were teammates on the Utah Jazz last
season. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on
condition of anonymity because contracts cannot become official
until Wednesday when the NBA’s free agency moratorium ends.
The addition of Millsap and Carroll will help make up for the
loss of Josh Smith, who has agreed to a $54 million, four-year
contract with the Detroit Pistons, according to a person familiar
with the deal. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity
because the agreement has not been announced.
Smith averaged a team-high 17.5 points last season for his
hometown Hawks, who drafted him No. 17 overall out of high school
in 2004. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound small forward also averaged 8.4
rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals.
The deals for Millsap and Carroll were struck late Friday night,
after free agent Dwight Howard informed the Hawks he was going to
go elsewhere. Howard later went to Twitter to announce he was
headed to the Houston Rockets.
Millsap was selected by Utah in the second round of the 2006
draft. The 6-foot-8 power forward has career averages of 12.4
points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in seven seasons in the
Although he was Utah’s longest-tenured player, Millsap’s minutes
declined last season with the emergence of young players Derrick
Favors and Enes Kanter -both part of a core group for the Jazz.
Carroll averaged 6.0 points and a career-high 2.8 rebounds in
16.8 minutes per game last season. He signed with Utah in February
Carroll took to Twitter to thank the Jazz and their fans.
”Atlanta here comes the (hashtag)JunkYardDog!” he wrote.
Also this month, the Hawks reached an agreement with swingman
Kyle Korver on a multiyear deal, which also cannot be formalized
until Wednesday. Korver averaged 10.9 points last season for
Atlanta and ranked second in the NBA by making 45.7 percent of his
The moves come as Ferry continues to remake the team after he
was hired in June 2012. Coach Larry Drew was let go after last
season and longtime Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer was hired in
The Jazz, meanwhile, are undergoing dramatic changes to their
roster. In addition to the departures of Millsap and Carroll,
free-agent center Al Jefferson agreed Thursday to a three-year,
$40.5 million contract with the Charlotte Bobcats. Jefferson
averaged 17.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his third
season with Utah.
On Friday, the Jazz sent guard Kevin Murphy to Golden State in
exchange for the expiring contracts of Andris Biedrins and Richard
Jefferson, as well as Brandon Rush – part of a deal that allowed
the Warriors to reach an agreement with swingman Andre Iguodala.
The Jazz also received four draft picks, including first-rounders
in 2014 and 2017.
In order to make that deal work, the Jazz had to renounce their
Bird rights to Millsap, clearing the way for his departure for the
Fellow Jazz free agents Mo Williams, Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley
and Randy Foye remain unsigned. When the season ended, Williams
made it clear he wants to return to Utah.
”I was drafted here,” said Williams, a second-round pick by
Utah in 2003 acquired in a trade last summer. ”This organization
gave me a shot when I first came in the league, when I was a young
pup. Now I’m at a point in my career where stability is key. … It
will be disappointing (if I’m not back), but I’m going into my 11th
year and I understand the business side of it. I understand the