NBA Latest Trade Rumors: Atlanta Hawks Pull Millsap From NBA Trade Market; Cleveland Cavalier Upgraded With Korver
The rumor mill has been buzzing about Paul Millsap in recent weeks, but the Atlanta Hawks just reported that Millsap is no longer available on the trade market. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers made a major move as they upgraded their roster with veteran Kyle Korver.
NBA Rumors: Millsap No Longer On Trade Market
Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap is no longer on the market, as reported by Yahoo Sports News. Hawks General Manager Wes Wilcox informed the media Monday afternoon that the Hawks were no longer working to unload Millsap.
However, Millsap will still be a free agent this summer, and multiple teams, including Denver, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers who had an interest in making a deal for Millsap, could aquire him as a free agent. The addition of Millsap would be highly significant for any NBA team, because of the assets it would take to acquire him, and the likely $30 million-plus annual salary needed to re-sign him in the summer.
If the Hawks had overwhelming offers for Millsap, they may not have hesitated in pulling him from the market. But the Hawks could change course with several weeks left before the Feb. 23 trade deadline and return Millsap to the trading block.
NBA News: Cleveland Cavaliers Upgrade With Korver
The Cleveland Cavaliers needed an upgrade at shooting guard, ever since J.R. Smith had thumb surgery, which is expected to sideline him for another few months. The Cavs made a huge move on Thursday when they acquired Kyle Korver from the Atlanta Hawks.
Korver also confirmed the trade as stated by ESPN Reporter. On Saturday, the Cavaliers announced the trade was official, as the Hawks sent Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a future first-round pick, Mike Dunleavy, and Mo Williams.
Although Korver hasn't been the same player since the surgery in 2015 to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle, Korver has regained his solid perimeter form, following a rusty start to the 2015-16 season, when he was shooting 42.8 percent from the field before the All-Star break.
"The mere risk of Korver getting off a clean shot terrifies opponents, and the defensive respect that terror commands opens the floor up for his teammates," said Grantland. With the upgrade, the Cavs are now a step closer to another NBA finals.
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