Community Shootaround: What Should Hawks Do?

A weekend report suggesting that the Hawks are open to listening to trade offers for Paul Millsap has generated plenty of discussion and speculation over the past couple days, but Millsap isn’t the only Atlanta player who could be available. Reports have indicated that the Hawks are open to talking about anyone on an expiring contract, which means Kyle Korver, Thabo Sefolosha, Tiago Splitter, and Kris Humphries figure to be involved in trade rumors as well.

Of course, just because the Hawks are fielding incoming calls and are receptive to trade ideas, that doesn’t mean the team will actually make a move. Millsap has been the subject of trade speculation for years, and hasn’t gone anywhere — it’s more likely than not that he’ll remain in Atlanta through the deadline once again this season.

Still, the Hawks’ upside with the current roster isn’t exactly sky-high. The team got off to a hot start in 2016/17, running out to a 9-2 record to open the season, but a 1-10 stretch followed. Recently, the club has bounced back a little, sitting now at 18-16, good for a No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, the Hawks aren’t a viable title contender, and moving a few players before they get a chance to walk in free agency could help the team retool its roster.

The asking price in any Millsap deal will reportedly be huge, even though he’ll have a chance to opt out of his contract a few months from now. Any team willing to make a play for him will have to be confident that he’ll strongly consider re-signing in July. That’s not necessarily the case for the Hawks’ other trade candidates.

What do you think? Should the Hawks seriously consider making a trade or two to shake up their roster? Will their approach depend on how they play over the next few weeks, or should they make a move regardless? If they decide to move Millsap, what sort of package should they need to get back? Jump into the comments section below to weigh in with your thoughts!

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14 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: What Should Hawks Do?

  1. heatdreamer

    Raptors can provide you with Carroll + PPat + 1 st Round for Paul Milsapp

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  2. braves77777

    As a hawks fan I don’t want to trade millsap to the raptors cause they don’t really have that much of value to trade unless they send Lowry or derozan (which won’t happen)

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  3. keitharp73

    As a huge Hawks fan I would hate to see Milsap go. However, I would hate to watch him go in FA and not get any return. A trade would have to be a significant upgrade for the future. There aren’t many Milsaps out there. Tough!

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  4. The Hawks should trade him for a package of hopeful lotto picks. Like what BOS owns from BK. Can’t have another Horford situation.

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  5. acarneglia

    I consider Millsap and Kemba Walker the NBA’s most underrated stars.
    If I were ATL I’d work with BOS on a trade, maybe involving Zeller or Olynyk, or Smart and a lot of picks

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  6. Rumor from insider: Kyle Korver getting traded to Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer.

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    • acarneglia

      That could be a win win for both sides. Korver would be a great fit in HOU

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  7. Reflect

    They should keep him. He says he wants to stay, and players never ever change their minds about free agency.

    In fact, 60% of the time, players stay every time.

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  8. GaryO90

    Nuggets are the best trading partner. Faried/Barton/1st is probably the best deal ATL will get. Barton is on an insane contract for 2 more years based off his production and Faried just fills in for millsap until ATL figures out what they want to do at PF.

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    • acarneglia

      Barton would be a huge addition to the starting lineup or bench and Faried would be a much cheaper, younger alternative with a lot of skill and ability

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      • GaryO90

        Yea Barton is a stud. He’s definitely a serviceable wing that can avg 14-18 ppg depending on minutes provided. Denver is so loaded all over the place no one gets “starter minutes ” ie 38+ a game in Denver.

        Faried is just an energizer bunny. He can be infuriating to watch at times because he plays garbage D and is streaky on offense but can jump out of the Jim. Pretty much a poor mans Thad Young with more hops but not as much overall game.

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        • GaryO90

          Gym* jeeeeeez sorry… just had ACL reconstruction and the drugs got me all over the place hahaha

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  9. noah o.

    i think a good trade would be with the 76ers since they have a surplus of young big men they have been trading for a while and i think a big man for a big man or two is a great deal

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    • Reggie Green

      I don’t see a trade happening between the 6ers and hawks involving big men.just don’t see Noel or Okafor as fits with Howard,and Ilyasova and Saric are good fits next to Embiid.

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