Atlanta Hawks veteran Paul Millsap is reportedly considering opting out of his contract, and will test the free agency market in the summer, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter via Twitter.

The forward will decline his 2017-18 player option with the Hawks, which if exercised would earn him just over $21 million. But at the tender age of 32, Millsap evidently believes he can lure one more lucrative, multiyear deal for the remainder of his career by declining.

It is thought that he could seek a five-year max deal with the Hawks worth over $200 million, or alternatively look for pastures new with another team willing to offer a four-year $150+ million deal.

The ten-year veteran has been in stellar form this year, averaging career-highs in points (18.1) and assists (3.8) per contest, as well as posting 7.7 rebounds along with 1.3 steals a game. His dominant performances culminated in a fourth successive All-Star selection. Since his move to Atlanta from the Utah Jazz in 2013, the power forward has been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team each year — quite the feat.

Since the 60-win season in the 2014-15 season and the franchise’s first Eastern Conference Finals appearance, the Hawks have never really taken it to the next level to be legitimate contenders. Occupying the 5th seed in the East with a 37-34 record, Atlanta is currently caught up in a five-game winless run, and just two games ahead of the eighth and final playoff place.

Despite holding the unwanted accolade of the fifth worst offense in the league, Atlanta are likely to make their 10th consecutive trip to the playoffs. However, they’ve only made it past the second round on one occasion during this ten-year stretch, and they don’t look like reaching that elusive ECF spot again anytime soon.

If Millsap does opt out of his contract, it will be sure to put several teams on high alert. Now might be the best time for Millsap to jump ship to a franchise more equipped to win a title, setting up a very interesting situation in the summer as a result.

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