The Paul Millsap free agency saga does not officially kick off until July 1 but there is already plenty of buzz about his next destination. On Wednesday morning, word broke that the Hawks are already tinkering with potential sign-and-trade possibilities. Now, there is a specific suitor in the mix in the form of the Houston Rockets.
Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry ... four free agents Houston, according to league sources, plans to pursue in July,— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
The Rockets are, as noted above, casting a wide net in order to pair James Harden with another star and they’ll have to clear cap space for any big-picture pursuits on this level.
Free Agency Scuttle: Houston is making Ryan Anderson/Lou Williams/Patrick Beverley available via trade to create summer spending flexibility— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 21, 2017
With that said, the Rockets could be the perfect type of team for a sign-and-trade consideration. It seems unlikely that Millsap would attempt to force his way to a team that doesn’t have space unless he felt strongly about that squad’s ability to win on the grand scale. In Houston, that would be a real possibility and, if the Rockets aren’t able to free the cap space outright, Atlanta could be interested in facilitating a trade.
Regardless, this won’t be the first team linked to Paul Millsap and Travis Schlenk’s comments about other teams offering more money hover over everything at the moment. Dwight Howard is already gone and, beginning on July 1, Paul Millsap will be on the market in full force.