There is growing belief with the Atlanta Hawks that the team will be trading veteran forward Paul Millsap sometime this 2016-2017 NBA Season. According to the latest NBA rumors, a Millsap trade before the February deadline is possible because of his pending free agency after the upcoming season.
While the talks of a Millsap trade from Atlanta is existent before the season begins, it’s expected that the Hawks will first try out how his frontcourt pairing with Dwight Howard looks like in the new NBA season.
The Hawks also features a new starting point guard in Dennis Schroder and will be moving on from the Al Horford era as Millsap’s former frontcourt mate decided to sign with East rivals Boston Celtics during free agency.
ESPN Insider Kevin Arvonitz has some thoughts about the possibility of Millsap leaving Atlanta during the season.
“At some point, the Hawks will have to weigh moving Millsap, whom they considered trading last summer. Millsap is entering the final year of his contract (he will almost certainly exercise his opt-out clause), he will be 32 before the All-Star break and he will demand a hefty raise next summer,” Arnovitz wrote in a recent article.
“If the Hawks aren’t contending, it might be wise to get value for a guy they’re unlikely to retain long-term.”
With a short-term expiring contract, Millsap’s likely destinations are the ones contending for a playoff spot or the title.
A reunion with Horford in Boston is possible since the Celtics can offer the Hawks young players or future first round picks. Millsap to Minnesota also works with the Timberwolves looking to make the playoffs for the first time in years.
The Wolves can offer one of Kris Dunn, Ricky Rubio or Zach LaVine, and the Hawks might consider especially if Schroder does not pan out their starting point guard. Minnesota will pair Millsap with young big man Karl-Anthony Towns.
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