Yesterday, Shams Charania reported that Paul Millsap and the Nets have mutually agreed to find him a new home where he will have a more significant role. Millsap, who has spent the last four seasons with the Nuggets and signed with the Nets this offseason, has only appeared in 24 games for Brooklyn, averaging just over 11 minutes per contest, and those minutes have become even harder to come by as of late. Millsap hasn’t played in 11 straight games and was inactive for the last three. Of course, my immediate thought was to bring The Anchorman home.
Bring him home https://t.co/eTNU99DaOf
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I said it in jest, but there are some qualities Millsap brings to the table that the Hawks are searching for — most notably, defense. Even at 36-years-old, The Anchorman can hold his own on the defensive end. His veteran leadership and toughness would also be a welcome sight in the Hawks locker room. However, at this moment, adding another minimal role player is the last thing Atlanta needs.
Rumors suggest the Hawks are attempting to trade two players for one in order to clear the logjam they have on the bench. Right now, Nate McMillan has too many pretty good players on his roster and not enough minutes to go around. Adding Millsap would only add to the confusion.
There is a scenario where I could see the Hawks having some interest in Millsap, but it would only come after a significant trade or two went down. It couldn’t happen with the way the roster is currently constructed. That would be doing the Hawks and Millsap a disservice.