Throughout much of the offseason, there was chatter that Paul Millsap could be on the move. He wasn’t linked to any team during any part of the process. In light of that, Atlanta Hawks general manager Wes Wilcox told trade told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he doesn’t plan on trading his star big man.
Paul is a great professional, and it’s absolutely our goal for Paul to be a Hawk long term. It’s as simple as that
What this signals is that the rumors were more of him gauging the interest of teams around the league. The decision to keep him aboard was the best the move for the franchise given how valuable he has become. In the last three years, he has been named an All-Star and to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team last season.
Millsap is also one of the most underrated players in the league that has shown to be an efficient scorer and stout defender at his position. The combination of Millsap and Dwight Howard in the frontcourt could prove to be a dynamic duo. That said, it could all become interesting next offseason as he has a $21.4 million player option for the 2017-18 season.