Paul Millsap Declines $21.4 Million Player Option, Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent

As expected, Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract for the 2017-18 season and will become a free agent.

Millsap, 32, will be looking for a final, long-term deal.

Per The Vertical:

Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap has opted out of his $21.4 million contract for next season to become a free agent, league sources told The Vertical.


Atlanta has publicly stated that Millsap will be a top priority in July free agency, and Millsap has expressed interest in re-signing.

While Millsap has expressed a desire to stay in Atlanta, there has been speculation that he may be open to changing teams. Per David Aldridge:

“There are rumblings about what he really thought about this season.


“One source said there was unhappiness among some with a lack of accountability for other players who consistently made mistakes on the floor.


“There was also confusion why Budenholzer kept a healthy Thabo Sefolosha out of the rotation during the Wizards’ matchup, especially after Washington’s Bradley Beal started cooking offensively late in the series.”

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