NBA Trade Rumors: Toronto Raptors Could Pursue Paul Millsap?

By John Jones, Posted: 10/17/16 05:46PM EDT

The Atlanta Hawks could eventually decide to trade Paul Millsap before the deadline in February. And based on a recent trade scenario, the All-Star power forward could end up with the Toronto Raptors.

The Hawks have made it no secret that they want to keep Millsap, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. This came after the Hawks parted ways with former starting center Al Horford, who is now with the Boston Celtics.

While it appears that Millsap's spot in Atlanta is safe for now, it might not be the same two months from now when the Hawks get an idea on their chances this season. If the Hawks determine that there is no way they can go deep into the playoffs, trading Millsap could turn out to be their main priority moving forward.

Millsap, who averaged 17.1 points on top of 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season, is due for a huge raise next summer. The Hawks might not be willing to offer a lucrative deal to the 31-year-old. This could force them to trade the 6-foot-8 forward instead of losing him for nothing in free agency.

Toronto Raptors Adding Paul Millsap To Improve Chances?

The Raptors went two wins away from advancing to the 2016 NBA Finals. However, Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James had other plans in mind, as they eliminated the Raptors in six games and eventually defeated the Golden State Warriors for the title.

The Cavaliers are still the heavy favorites to win the East this season, but one big move for the Raptors could make things more interesting. This is why Toronto is being mentioned as one of the possible landing spots for Millsap.

"Another Eastern Conference team that's closer to unseating the Cleveland Cavaliers wouldn't have to think as hard about Millsap's upcoming payday," Bleacher Report noted. "Atlanta doesn't have that luxury following a 48-win season, and that creates a window of opportunity for risk-takers in need of a superstar punch."

Millsap will obviously be an upgrade over Patrick Patterson and Jared Sullinger. He could also be a good compliment to starting centers Jonas Valanciunas, and could provide more space for Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

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