Mike Scott had somewhat of a breakout season for the Atlanta Hawks this season, averaging 9.6 points in a little over 18 minutes per game. He was used as an effective stretch power forward off the bench, and his arrival usually meant an offensive boost for Atlanta.
Now, Scott is a restricted free agent, and will likely have many suitors around the league. So, how much are the Hawks willing to spend on the young forward? According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, not a lot:
Rival teams believe that Atlanta’s Mike Scott is a restricted agent who can be had with a strong offer sheet. Hawks protecting cap space.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
This news should come as no surprise, as the Hawks might have been preparing for another team trying to poach Scott by selecting former Michigan State big man Adreian Payne in last week’s NBA Draft. Payne is a stretch four who can rebound at a better rate, so if Scott walks, the Hawks have his replacement.
Scott was a nice offensive boost off the bench, but didn’t offer much else. He was a disaster on defense, and if his outside shot wasn’t falling, he was pretty much useless. You can expect Scott to take the first big offer he receives.