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NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings emerge as serious contenders for Paul Millsap

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Hawks Paul Millsap and a first rounder for Spurs’ Aldridge?
Trade rumors suggest the Spurs send Aldridge to the Atlanta Hawks for Paul Millsap and a first round pick in next year’s draft.

There is an apparent fire sale with the Atlanta Hawks happening. Two teams have emerged as possible destinations for All-Star forward Paul Millsap. The Hawks traded Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers recently and Atlanta got nothing of significance except a first round pick to mark their move to “rebuilding mode”.

The latest move means that other Hawks players, particularly Millsap, is now most likely on the trading block. Atlanta is reportedly looking for at least a high first round pick in any deal.

Marc Stein of ESPN mentioned a couple of teams that could chase Millsap in a trade. These are the Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors, two teams that could turn into title/playoff contenders if they acquire the star forward.

Millsap to Toronto, Sacramento solves a lot of problems for Raptors, Kings

According to the NBA analyst, the Nuggets were aggressive in trying to get Millsap last offseason. He also claims that the Raptors could see the power forward as their missing piece to seriously challenge LeBron James and the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers in the East.

Also according to Stein, many Nuggets players are possibly available. Jusuf Nurkic, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler are all reportedly on the trading block.

Millsap is bound to explore free agency after the current season that teams are scared of getting him. Stein says that “teams could well prove hesitant to surrender too much” for Millsap.

The Hawks forward is earning over $20 million this season and set to earn $21.47 million next year. But he is expected to opt out of that contract and search for a max deal in free agency.

But Millsap is a game-changer. With either the Raptors or Kings, he will immediately become the starting power forward and will be used in their frontcourts prominently. He forms a scary frontcourt duo with either DeMarcus Cousins or Jonas Valanciunas and helps them turn into legit playoff and title contenders, respectively.

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