In the meantime, Atlanta is locking up another one of its free agents for far less – Mike Muscala.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sport:
This is nice value for the 26-year-old. If I were the Hawks, I would have explored paying him a little more annually to lock up him for another year or two. Perhaps, they did.
Muscala can play either big-man position, which, in the modern NBA, means he should probably play more center. But that depends what else Atlanta does. With Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard gone, Muscala might even start this year.
That exposure could put him in line for a raise next season. His range extends beyond the arc, and he’s an acceptable defender inside and out. Muscala is far from elite, but he loosely fits the coveted skill set for bigs.
The Hawks have Muscala’s Bird Rights, and he’s held at just $1,471,382. So, they can use their remaining cap space then exceed the cap to officially re-sign him.