Community Shootaround: Hawks’ Paul Millsap Decision

The Hawks decided today to pump the brakes on entertaining offers on all-star forward Paul Millsap. Instead, Atlanta is said to be determined to compete in the Eastern Conference, which makes sense considering the Hawks are atop the Southeast Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 21-16 record and Millsap is a significant reason why. He leads the Hawks in scoring, and is second in rebounds, assists and blocks.

Still, not many are banking on the Hawks making a deep playoff run. There were several suitors for Millsap, including teams such as the Nuggets, Kings and Raptors linked in trade rumors and talks. Evidently, any offers that were made were not enough for the Hawks to unload Millsap.

Millsap, however, has a player option for next season and can opt out and become an unrestricted free agent, a move that he is expected to make because it would fetch him a higher salary. In that sense, moving Millsap for the right deal would make sense on some level. What’s more, the Hawks had just traded Kyle Korver to the Cavs last weekend.

What do you think? Should the Hawks have removed Millsap from the market? What do you think of their recent moves? Jump into the comments section below to weigh in with your thoughts!

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8 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: Hawks’ Paul Millsap Decision

  1. Reflect

    The trade deadline is not for like another month right? So there’s no rush. Let them explore their playoff chances a little further and then make a decision later. I think they’re making the right play.

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  2. Phillip

    I was pretty surprised. When we traded Korver, I assumed the front office was committing to a more full-fledged rebuild. I guess ultimately we decided another late first round pick wasn’t worth falling out of the playoff picture this season. I’d made peace with the rebuild, and the logical part of me thinks it was the right move, but I love the Anchor Man and will enjoy his understated excellence for the rest of the season.
    Unless we still trade him, which I think is 50/50. Lots of time before the deadline. Another 1-10 stretch would do that.

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  3. ahale224

    If the offer is right you have to. Hawks aren’t winning a championship.

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    • Anthony

      I don’t think there will be a right deal until closer to the deadline. I wouldn’t trade him to just be trading him and take somebody you really don’t want. I mean they’ve won 6 straight and 11 of 15. They could do a lot worse.

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  4. Formerlyz

    Korver deal opened up more time for Hardaway Jr, and Dunleavy gives them a veteran versatile option at the 3, off the bench, which they needed considering Atlanta hasn’t given much time to Prince or Bembry this year.

    Only reason to deal Milsap is fearing he’ll walk in free agency, which is fair, but unless they get something significant, it makes more sense to play out this season. Milsap is one of the better 2 way players right now, and Atlanta is a top 3-5 team in the East. For that reason, I woundnt move Sefolosha right now, either. They also may have a better matchup with the Cavs than previously b/c they have fixed their rebounding issue, not that I think Cleveland will lose, even after needlessly making a poor trade, and dealing with injuries

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  5. Connorsoxfan

    I’d trade him because I see him walking after the season, and they can get a great deal for him as he’d be one of the better rental pieces to get traded in recent times.

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  6. The trade of korver now makes no sense now . I t made no sense anyway we got nothing for him. Why you trade him to a team your trying to beat . Very stupid move , what direction are we trying to go in . Milsap is the kind of player that let retire from your club. The guy has taken a discount since he has been here. The thing that’s hurting our club is we are getting nothing from our wings . We need consistentency from that spot. Trading korver when looked at now was very stupid.

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  7. Charliemyboy

    We will lose him like Horford if we don’t move soon. We need to rebuild since he will be leaving. I would take Denver’s offer for a first round pick, Danilo Gallinari, who can score as well as Millsap at a 6’10” small forward, and Faried, a rebounding machine and coveted 4. Both teams will do well. They could also consider 21 year old Jusif Nurkick, 7′; 280 lbs, with unlimited potential, and Barton, 6th man of year nominee. It would be a mistake to turn down such a deal.

    Denver can use Millsap to get into the playoffs, as they have talent across the board, especially with potential supercenter, Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray, another Curry-like shooter from Kentucky (rookie of the month).

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