The NBA offseason frenzy is starting to pick up and Paul Millsap is the next name to be thrown around in the rumors.
The NBA free agency starts on July 1 and there’s some huge sharks in the sea while theirs some fishes just floating in the deep end. Names like Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward and Kyle Lowry are sharks, but Paul Millsap is a contending team’s second or third priority.
Millsap, 32, is one of the best power forwards in the game right now. He made four all-star appearance in his four years as a Atlanta Hawk. His ability to create his shot and post up any player is to his advantage on every possession.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Hawks will not keep Millsap because of other teams in the market are willing to give him the max contract.
I think it’s been pretty clear that Paul Millsap is not planning on coming back to Atlanta and Atlanta is not having him back. Travis Schlenk just gave another interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he came to the one-yard line of basically saying he’s gone. And he’s got a bunch of suitors.
In addition, Brian Windhorst said there’s four teams who can land Millsap; the Suns, Nuggets, Kings, and Rockets.
Windhorst said the Suns can offer Millsap a max contract on a shorter deal. Phoenix can be a great situation for Millsap where he would be surrounded by young talented players. Millsap can be the leader of any team, especially if he completes a deal with the Suns because of his age and ability to score at will.
The ideal spot for Millsap is the Houston Rockets, who are ready to compete for a championship after trading for Chris Paul. Houston has enough money to sign another star and with Millsap at the age of 32 his career is coming to a end, most players in his situation are ring chasing. He would be in the front court with Clint Capela and have two guards in the backcourt that can put him at the best position on the court at all times.