The fallout from Al Horford’s decision to leave the Atlanta Hawks for the Boston Celtics could be far-reaching, but All-Star power forward Paul Millsap looks to be staying put in Atlanta.
With Horford committing to Celtics, Hawks are expected to halt trade talks and will keep Paul Millsap.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 2, 2016
Brian Windhorst reports that Millsap will be pulled off the trade market, and that is the right move from Atlanta’s perspective. The talented power forward was said to be up for bidding if Horford elected to return to the Hawks in a pairing with the newly-acquired Dwight Howard, but if Atlanta wants to be competitive in 2016-2017 (something that seems apparent), keeping Millsap is the surest way to do that.
Still, Paul Millsap faces a real decision when it comes to potential free agency following next season, and the Hawks will likely have to make a monstrous financial commitment should he follow through on declining a player option for 2017-2018. Atlanta’s frontcourt of Howard and Millsap seems to be set for next season, but after that, the future remains up in the air.