Mike Scott was drafted No. 43 in 2012 out of Virginia, but he didn’t generate much traction his rookie year with the Hawks.
Entering his second season with an unguaranteed contract, Scott faced an uncertain NBA future.
But he carved out a rotation role on an NBA team and even led Atlanta to a win over the No. 1-seeded Pacers in a playoff game. By the end of the postseason, Scott solidified a future in the league.
Yet, Scott a restricted free agent, has remained unsigned. What is he to do?
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Atlanta extended Scott a $1,115,243 qualifying offer, and though that doesn’t provide a great frame of reference, it at least offers some clue about CSKA-Moscow’s offer.
The Hawks have just 13 players under contract, and they don’t need to save a roster spot for second-round pick Walter Tavares. So they’re likely holding one ffor Scott – as they should.
This probably comes down to money. If Atlanta – or another team – comes close to the Russian offer, Scott stays in the NBA. If not, he jumps.
A key question: What would Scott’s buyout be? Three years is a long time to commit without a reasonable escape route.
But one year overseas for a higher payday if Scott can return stateside afterward? That might be pretty appealing.