The Atlanta Hawks could trade Paul Millsap before the end of the 2016-17 season. The three-time All-Star has become the subject of persistent trade rumors, as he is on the final guaranteed year of his contract.
Soaring Down South indicated that the Nuggets would have to ship Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and Joffrey Lauvergne to get Millsap. The Hawks will likely add Thabo Sefolosha and a future second-round pick to sweeten the deal.
The Hawks are slowly moving on from the Al Horford era. Danny Ferry would speed up the reboot by trading Millsap for Faried, Barton and Lauvergne. The high-energy trio, together with Dennis Schroder and Dwight Howard, will usher in a new chapter of Hawks basketball.
In Denver, trading for Millsap would be the first step in building a championship-caliber roster. If the Nuggets do acquire Millsap, they would still have enough pieces to trade for a marquee player like Russell Westbrook.
According to Denver Stiffs, Millsap is an attractive trade candidate because of his flexibility on the court. On offense, Millsap is effective in knocking down perimeter shots as well as scoring from inside the paint.
The veteran has above-average ball handling skills for his position and can play either small or power forward. On defense, he is a tenacious rebounder and rim protector.
ESPN noted that the ten-year veteran is a career 49 percent shooter from the field. Last season, he averaged 17.1 points, 9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 blocks per game for the Hawks.
Despite his impressive output, the Hawks might still trade him since he has a player option for the 2017-18 season. The team is trying to get younger and faster to adopt to the modern NBA. Millsap may opt out of his contract next summer to join a team that better suits his game.
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