NBA Rumors: Atlanta Hawks Sending Paul Millsap To Charlotte Hornets?
The road to NBA relevancy is a perilous one, especially for teams who don’t have a franchise centerpiece. The team Charlotte Hornets belongs in this category.Advertisement
Michael Jordan’s squad finished sixth in the eastern conference this past season. The seeding earned the team a first-round matchup against the Miami Heat. The series extended to a seventh game, but the dynamic duo of Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic proved too much for Kemba Walker and Frank Kaminsky.
Jerry Stephens of Swarm And Sting predicted that the Hornets would make the playoffs next season. However, he expects the same result as last year. That is unless the team picks up a marquee player before the trade deadline in February.
Hornets general manager Rich Cho has a penchant for mid-season deals. He could use the team’s bevvy of first-round draft picks to lure in potential trade partners. The Hornets may no longer need most of their picks, considering the team’s recent playoff berth.
According to Basketball Insiders, Paul Millsap is a name to watch as the trade deadline approaches. The Atlanta Hawks may be pressured to trade him as soon as possible, since upcoming free agents tend to lose their value the longer they stay with a team.
Millsap has a player option for the 2017-18 season. He can opt out of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
If the Hawks, who recently acquired Dwight Howard in free agency, doesn’t start the season on the right foot, a major lineup tweak could be in order. Looking at the Hawks roster, Millsap is the only name who could net the team a high-value return. A reasonable trade with the Hornets would involve Jeremy Lamb, Cody Zeller, Spencer Hawes and a future first-round draft pick.
In Charlotte, Millsap would form a formidable front court trio with Marvin Williams and Roy Hibbert. He can also be the center in a fast-paced small-ball offense. Last season, he averaged 18.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per 36 minutes while playing center for the Hawks.