According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent Mike Scott is considering a three-year contract with Russian basketball team CSKA Moscow:
Preference remains to stay in NBA, but Atlanta RFA Mike Scott considering lucrative three-year offer with CSKA-Moscow, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 29, 2014
There’s obviously a bit of speculation here, but some people think this could simply be a PR move to generate some more interest with the Hawks. Peachtree Hoops writer Jason Walker talks breifly about this possibility in the post linked above:
Scott might be trying to stir up some interest in obtaining his services, in Atlanta or otherwise by this news. He just saw fellow restricted free agent Shelvin Mack comes to terms with the Hawks, but no news has emerged regarding Scott’s negotiations.
This is what Josh Childress did in 2008 when, frustrated by a lack of deals from the Hawks or otherwise, he packed up and went international to Greece. One could argue his game wasn’t the same once he eventually came back after the Hawks traded him to Phoenix.
Last year with Atlanta, Scott averaged 18.5 minutes in 80 games and averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. He had several big games coming off of the bench for the Hawks and looked like a terrific offensive player at times when his 3-point shot was falling. But, over the course of the season his percentage from behind the arc was just 31 percent, while he shot 47.9 percent from the floor.