Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Atlanta Hawks who are reportedly trading Paul Millsap for LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN told CSN New England that the San Antonio Spurs could trade LaMarcus Aldridge during the 2016-17 NBA season. After being acquired in 2015 NBA free agency, Aldridge was eyed as the start of the offense but that did not happen with the rise of Kawhi Leonard.
The competition in the Western Conference is expected to be tougher for the San Antonio Spurs as the reigning West champions, Golden State Warriors, have added Kevin Durant on their team. After Tim Duncan announced retirement, Pau Gasol is tasked to fill up his position.
Before MacMullan made the revelation, Zach Lowe of ESPN already predicted that LaMarcus Aldridge’s name will surface in trade talks if the 2016-17 NBA season didn’t turn out the way the Spurs expected.
If the Spurs will decide to trade LaMarcus Aldridge, they should consider engaging in a superstar-to-superstar deal. According to Brian Rauf of Chat Sports, the Atlanta Hawks are one of the NBA teams who could possibly trade for Aldridge. In a suggested trade scenario, the Hawks will be sending Paul Millsap to the Spurs for Aldridge.
“There are rumors they may be interested in dealing All-Star Paul Millsap before the trade deadline so they don’t risk losing him for nothing in free agency in 2017. Aldridge is under contract through the 2017-18 season, meaning he could give the Hawks enough stability that they’d be interested in making a deal. Plus, his shooting ability makes him a perfect pair with Dwight Howard,” Rauf wrote.
The Atlanta Hawks were reportedly considering to move Paul Millsap since last summer. The past two seasons proved that the Horford-Millsap tandem was not enough to defeat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the addition of Dwight Howard, the Hawks are still questionable to dominate in the Eastern Conference.
The trade is quite risky for the Spurs since Millsap is set to become a free agent next summer. However, Rauf believes that Millsap will re-sign once he is traded to San Antonio. As of now, fans should take these rumors with a grain of salt.
If the Spurs fail to at least enter the Western Conference Finals, expect them to make a move next summer.
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