Per Sekou Smith — link
Much has been made in the past 72 hours about Zaza’s impending departure and his being replaced by Andersen, or a combination of players that includes the Australian big man. Slow down with that one.
Sources tell me that while initially things didn’t look too good with the offer that was presented to him by the Hawks, the sides are working their way toward more agreeable terms (we’re talking slightly north of the $16 million over four years he signed for the last time he was a free agent but decidedly south of the $33 million over five years Marcin Gortat is expected to receive from Dallas)
Slightly north of the $16 million four year contract that Pachulia is just coming off? That is a fantastic deal for Atlanta.
Zaza Pachulia is an important part of their team, and they need to keep him.
Update: The Hawks have agreed terms with Pachulia. He has signed a four year $19 million deal.