The Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks are reportedly having talks involving Paul Millsap and the 9th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, according to the latest NBA rumors.
The Atlanta Hawks received the 12th overall pick from the Utah Jazz in the Jeff Teague trade, giving them two first round selections. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, they do not plan on keeping them and will try to trade the picks for veteran players.
Back to Hawks: Sources say they'll now try to trade their two first-rounders (one from the Teague deal) to make re-signing Al Horford easier
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2016
After losing Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers, the Atlanta Hawks are threatened to lose another starter in the upcoming free agency. Al Horford, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, gained lots of suitors including the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors, according to other NBA rumors.
The Hawks were reportedly eyeing to build a more competitive roster. However, if they lose Al Horford in free agency, it will really be a big problem. According to Josh Lowenberg of TSN Sports, the Toronto Raptors are long been eyeing to acquire Paul Millsap from the Atlanta Hawks.
Teague out in ATL. Hawks could also lose Horford in FA. If they're selling expect Raptors to call re: Millsap, a player they've long coveted
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) June 22, 2016
The Raptors see Paul Millsap as an ideal fit next to Jonas Valanciunas. There are speculations that the Raptors are offering the 9th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft but the Hawks will surely decline the offer. Since Bismack Biyombo will become a free agent, they could re-sign and trade him including the 9th overall pick for Paul Millsap.
Recalling in the Eastern Conference Finals, Bismack Biyombo proved to be a starting caliber center when Jonas Valanciuas was out due to injury. If both of them will be healthy next season, there will surely be a problem with their playing time. There are NBA rumors that the Toronto Raptors are ready if ever Bismack Biyombo leaves and revealed that they still preferred Jonas Valanciunas to be their starting center.
Paul Millsap was selected to participate in the All-Star Game for the third time. He averaged 17.1 points and nine rebounds last season.
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