The Magic considered Paul Millsap their No. 1 target in free agency last summer and offered him a four-year max deal worth over $80MM, as Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders details. Of course, Millsap eventually re-signed with the Hawks, but he admits he was impressed with Orlando’s presentation and drive to sign him. Here’s more from around the Southeast.
- DeMarre Carroll’s departure from Atlanta opened up the door for Kent Bazemore to show off his skills, and he’s excelled in his expanded opportunity with the Hawks, as Taylor examines in the same piece. Bazemore is in the final year of a two-year, $4MM deal and will likely garner offers worth much more than that in free agency this summer.
- Playing in the D-League is helping Devyn Marble progress as a player, as he explained to Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. The second-year forward hasn’t gotten much burn with the Magic, who are deep at the wing.
- The decision to select Frank Kaminsky with the ninth overall pick in last summer’s draft left some Hornets fans scratching their heads, but recent flashes of brilliance and sincere praise from coach Steve Clifford demonstrate the potential that the Wisconsin product has, writes Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.