NBA Free Agent Rumors: Atlanta Hawks Pickup Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots between Utah Jazz forwards Paul Millsap (24) and DeMarre Carroll (3) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

All… That…. Jazz!

It was announced on Twitter tonight that the Hawks have signed former Utah Jazz players Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll.

AJC’s Chris Vivlamore was the first to break the signing, but Chris Broussard included the terms in this tweet below.

Paul Millsap, the 6’8 forward, averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds last year in a Jazz uniform. $9.5 million per year is a downright steal for the former second-round selection.

Carroll, who is also 6’8, was a small forward off the bench for the Jazz last season. He averaged 6.0 points, 2.8 boards, and 0.9 assists.

With these signings (which, like all transactions, can’t become official until July 10th), the Hawks pick up two high-character, high-quality players that go all-out on both sides of the ball. I’m excited to see what they bring to the table next season.

Ferry went out and grabbed two guys on cheap, cap-friendly deals. While I’m sure this isn’t his goal with the signings, these players are very movable if the right trade presents itself. I (and just about everyone else) believe that the Hawks made out like bandits with these deals and things look good for them going forward.

These deals went down shortly after Dwight Howard announced he will be joining the Houston Rockets next season. That decision, and the Hawks’ signings, puts Josh Smith in a funky situation. If he takes less money, he can come back to the Hawks and Millsap can fill a 6th man role similar to Lamar Odom of the recent Lakers (S/O to Bo Churney of HawksHoop for this idea via Twitter). The Hawks may choose to sign-and-trade him to Houston in exchange for Turkish center Omer Asik and assets. Lastly, he could choose to go elsewhere and play next season far, far, far away.

Keep an eye out for Josh Smith rumors these next few days, as I’m sure there will be plenty to go around.

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Topics: Atlanta Hawks, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap

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