Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Indiana Pacers who are reportedly trading Thaddeus Young and Rodney Stuckey for Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks.
Paul Millsap has been involved in various trade rumors in the past months. The rumors started when the Atlanta Hawks were beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA playoffs for two consecutive years. There are speculations that the Hawks wanted to rebuild their roster with Al Horford at the center.
In the recent free agency, trade rumors involving Paul Millsap heated up with the Hawks’ plan to re-sign Al Horford. The Hawks needed to release some players in order to give Horford a decent offer. They thought that trading Paul Millsap would be enough to re-sign the Dominican center.
Unfortunately, Al Horford decided to leave the team and join the Boston Celtics. The Hawks immediately found a replacement and signed the Atlanta native, Dwight Howard. Still, Paul Millsap’s tenure is questionable.
According to Davil Ramil of Today’s Fastbreak, Paul Millsap is currently facing an uncertain future in Atlanta Hawks. There are rumors that the Hawks’ front office is ‘actively trying to trade him’ ever since February’s trade deadline leading into this offseason.
“Millsap’s current contract has two years left but includes a player option at the end of the upcoming season. Millsap, potentially feeling burned by a team actively trying to trade him, could test free agency and could abandon Atlanta, leaving them scrambling to find a suitable running mate alongside Howard.” Ramil said.
Sources: Market for Paul Millsap has been strong, flurry of calls, trade proposals. Several teams tell me they've been active talking to ATL
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
Several NBA teams expressed their interest to acquire 31-year-old forward, including the Indiana Pacers. According to Morning News USA, the Pacers could send Thaddeus Young and Rodney Stuckey to Atlanta Hawks for Paul Millsap. This trade scenario works in the ‘ESPN Trade Machine’.
Al Horford and Jeff Teague already move to other teams. This could affect Millsap’s decision next summer when he becomes a free agent. Trading him now will be the best move than losing him in next year’s free agency without getting anything in return.
On the other hand, the acquisition of Paul Millsap will strengthen the chance of Indiana Pacers to compete against the best teams in the East. The Pacers have made a major upgrade this offseason and it will not be a surprise if they emerge as one of the best teams next season.
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