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

NBA.

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

2012.

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

3-point shots.

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

May.

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

Hawks.

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

youth movement.”