Paul Millsap hears the trade rumors surrounding his name and told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link) that he wants to remain with the franchise. “Everybody knows where my heart is and where I want to be,” Millsap said referring to Atlanta.
The Hawks will reportedly entertain trade offers for Millsap between now and the deadline, but the team doesn’t feel it necessarily has to make a move, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports. The team isn’t going to simply take what it can get for Millsap with a source telling Kyler that Atlanta would want real value in exchange for the big man. The source added that the team would want players who can help the it win games this season rather than prospects and future draft picks.
The 31-year-old is set to make slightly more than $21.47MM next season, but he may opt out of his current deal once the season ends in search of a new contract. If he becomes a free agent, he’ll be eligible for 35% of the salary cap, which is currently projected to be $103MM in the 2017/18 season.