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Does Mack have a future in Atlanta?

5/7/2014

Mike Scott may have been the most pleasant surprise on the Atlanta Hawks this season, but Shelvin Mack worked his way into the discussion with a very solid season backing up Jeff Teague.

The former Butler star and second-round pick in 2011 finished the season with averages of 7.5 points, 3.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 3-pointers per game, and, like Scott, is due to become a restricted free agent this summer.

“I would like to be back,” Mack told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week. “I’ll continue to work and improve my game and let my agent and everyone else deal with that. Of course (I want to return). I feel like it’s a great situation for me.”

It may not be a complete slam-dunk that Mack is back in a Hawks uniform next season, however. At least not as long as Dennis Schroder, the No. 17 pick in 2013, is also on the roster. With Schroder signed for next season at nearly $1.7 million and the team having options on him for 2015-16 and 2016-17 per the terms of his rookie deal, Atlanta is already invested in the 20-year-old German as a part of its future.

If Atlanta extends Mack his qualifying offer of just under $1.15 million, Mack could always accept it in order to hit the open market next summer as an unrestricted free agent. That's one way that he could stay with the Hawks next season. It's quite possible, though, that Mack will reject the qualifying offer in hopes of inking a more lucrative multi-year deal, whether it be with the Hawks or another team.

However, with a cast of backup point guards set to hit free agency that include the likes of Greivis Vasquez, Darren Collison, Shawn Livingston, Nate Robinson, Steve Blake, Jordan Crawford, Ramon Sessions and D.J. Augustin, there may not be much of a market for Mack outside of Atlanta.