Paul Millsap was involved in a number of trade rumors this summer as the Atlanta Hawks looked to retool their roster. However, Millsap makes Steve Kyler’s list of players over at BasketballInsiders that likely aren’t going anywhere anytime soon despite being involved in a number of trade rumors.
Kyler writes that the only reason that Millsap available in the first place was because Atlanta was looking to clear space to retain Al Horford. As soon as Horford bolted for Boston, trading Millsap became extremely unlikely at least in the short term.
Now, much like many of the teams mentioned above, if the floor falls out from under the Hawks then moving Millsap might become a possibility. However, according to sources near the situation, Millsap has been assured he’s not going anywhere.
It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for the Hawks to explore a Millsap trade given his contract situation. Millsap has a player option for next season worth $21 million but is likely to opt out to seek a long term deal.
Still the Hawks are unlikely to even consider such a move until closer to the trade deadline and then only if the team is not performing up to expectations.