Atlanta Hawks: 3 things to watch for during Summer League

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Atlanta Hawks Summer League storyline No. 2: Fans have two players in mind for the final roster spot

Lou Williams is one of the better free agents still available. The 34-year-old averaged 10 points and 3.4 assists in 24 games with the Hawks this past season. In the playoffs, he averaged just 7.7 points but he stepped up for an injured Young and played more of a traditional point guard role than we’re used to from him.

He was said to be looking for a multi-year deal that could price him out of the Hawks range.

It’s since been reported that he could return on a minimum deal. The consistent piece of information seems to be the interest from other teams, including the champs.

With trade acquisition Delon Wright on the team, Williams could operate as the scoring threat that has won three Sixth Man of the Year awards.

A potential Paul Millsap return has gained steam among the base, with the question even being broached by us. At 36-years-old, Millsap is strictly a complementary (and bench) piece at this point in his career. But he can still be effective in spurts.

He averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 boards on just over 20 minutes of action per night.

That’s about half of what he averaged as a Hawk which is kind of impressive given how reduced his role has been over the last three years.

He’s been linked to the Hawks but is also said to be open to joining the Warriors. Like Williams, Millsap would add some valuable veteran leadership on what’s still a young team. And, as we saw last season, you can never be too deep at any position.

Of course, that’s a notion that also applies to Williams.