The NBA trade deadline is over one month away, but trade rumors are already running rampant in throughout the league.
Over the weekend, rumors began circulating that the Atlanta Hawks were looking to move Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha. Korver and Sefolosha are unrestricted free agents after this season, and Millsap has a player option he will almost certainly decline.
Millsap was asked about a potential trade, and he indicated he wants to stay in Atlanta.
Millsap will be 32 before next season, but he’ll still command a max contract — which could start at $36 million per year. If the Hawks want to avoid another Al Horford situation from last offseason, it might make more sense to trade Millsap now. But if they’re confident Millsap will stay, they should certainly keep him because he’s still an All-Star level player.
Atlanta won’t be a playoff team this year without Millsap, but they definitely won’t be one moving forward if he leaves and they don’t get any return value.
(h/t NBC Sports)