Mike Scott appeared in 80 games and averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks last season.
Photo: Curtis Compton
Photo: Curtis Compton

Qualifying offers likely for Scott, Mack

The Hawks are likely to make qualifying offers to restricted free agents Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack. With the NBA Draft just completed, a determination has not been made on an offer to Gustavo Ayon.

The qualifying offers would give the Hawks the right of first refusal, meaning they can match any offer from another team to Scott and Mack. Ayon would become an unrestricted free agent if he does not receive a qualifying offer.

The Hawks have until June 30 to submit the offers. A qualifying offer is a standing deal for a one-year guaranteed contract.

Scott would receive a qualifying offer of at least $1,115,243. The forward had a breakout season in his second year. He appeared in 80 games and averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He improved his shooting range and hit 62 of 200 (.310) 3-pointers last season. He had a stellar performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the Pacers. He had 17 points, on 5 of 6 shooting from 3-point range, in the Hawks’ 107-97 win in Indianapolis.

Mack would receive a qualifying offer of at least $1,148,163. The guard stepped up to win the backup point guard position, one season after signing with the Hawks midseason after also playing for the Wizards and 76ers. Mack appeared in 73 games last season and averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists.

Ayon would receive a qualifying offer of at least $1,875,000, a figure unlikely to be paid by the Hawks. Ayon, whom the Hawks were awarded on waivers before last season, was lost for the year after right shoulder surgery. He played in just 26 games and averaged 4.3 points and 4.8 rebounds.

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