By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Atlanta Hawks are showing that they would like to rebuild. On Thursday night, they traded Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Mike Dunleavy Jr. and a first-round draft pick.
They are also reportedly motivated to trading power forward Paul Millsap. He reportedly was close to being traded twice last season, but the team kept onto him.
The 31-year-old has garnered interest from the Sacramento Kings. With the Hawks moving Korver, it’s very likely Millsap is next.
The Kings have been trying to get rid of Rudy Gay. According to ESPN’s Trade Machine, Gay and Millsap cannot be traded straight up for each other.
“The aggregate outgoing salaries are greater than $9.8 million,” the trade says. “Therefore, the incoming aggregate salaries must be within $5 million of the aggregate outgoing salaries. The incoming aggregate salaries exceed $5 million in this trade. Cut $6,738,700 from the Kings incoming trade value to make this trade successful.”
Millsap has started 32 games for the Hawks, his fourth with the team. He is averaging 17.8 points per game along with 8.1 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.9 blocks.
In his four-years with the Hawks, he’s scoring 17.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks.
He spent seven-years with the Utah Jazz before going to the Hawks. He averaged 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.
He signed with the Hawks as a free agent in 2013. He then signs a multi-year extension in July 2015.
Millsap is making $20-plus million this season. He is scheduled to make $21.4 million next season in the final year of a three-year, $60.2 million deal he signed in 2015.
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