Paul Millsap is set to become a free agent this offseason, promoting the Atlanta Hawks to begin to listen to offers for the forward. Millsap is not actively seeking to be traded, especially with Atlanta currently holding the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, but the Hawks could look for a trade to ensure they do not lose a chance to earn valuable assets.
Story posting soon with @WindhorstESPN: ESPN sources say the Hawks have begun listening to trade offers for free agent-to-be Paul Millsap
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 1, 2017
Millsap is having one of the best seasons of his career, averaging 17.4 points, 8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals in his 11th season in the NBA. Putting up big numbers will allow the Hawks to command a large price tag if another team wants to acquire the veteran.
With other teams knowing Millsap is set to become a free agent, they could low-ball Atlanta in the trade market, forcing the Hawks to trade away their forward for less than his true value. Unless Atlanta is willing to let him walk away and receive nothing once free agency hits, they may have to accept less they what they are desiring.
Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap to opt out at end of season to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told ESPN.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 1, 2017
In Atlanta’s favor, Millsap has participated in the last 3 all-star games, prompting any team lacking a scoring forward the chance to trade for somebody who could significantly improve their team. Millsap’s ability to score from anywhere on the court as well as his instant offense could force a team on the verge of a title to trade extra pieces in order to acquire the star.
Even with Millsap’s time in Atlanta coming to and end, it does not mean the team that has been so dynamic and dominant the past few seasons will go away. The Hawks are built for the future, and this trade will only help them receive more assets to help them down the line.
Report: Paul Millsap on the trading block. https://t.co/I3qDvqD5OK
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 1, 2017
Paul Millsap will always be remembered as one of the pieces of the team that put Atlanta on the verge of a title run. Atlanta never earned the championship they were hoping for, but they regained competitiveness around the league once Millsap came over from Utah.