Paul Millsap has been told by the Atlanta Hawks he will not be traded before the NBA’s Feb. 23rd trade deadline.
“Now everybody can stop talking about it,” Millsap said after the Hawks’ shootaround in Basketball City before playing the Nets. “I can stop thinking about it and just focus on basketball.”
The Hawks, according to league sources, began informing teams Monday that Millsap was no longer available in the wake of Atlanta’s trade that sent Korver to Cleveland in exchange for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a 2019 first-round pick.
Millsap was asked if remaining with the Hawks is the outcome he wanted.
“Oh yeah, absolutely. For me and my team, for us to really do something, I think that all the rumors (have) got to stop. I think we are at a good place right now during the season and our main focus is basketball and winning and winning big.”
Millsap is widely expected to become a free agent in July by opting out of the final year of his current contract, which pays him $21.5 million this season.
“We’ll see what happens during the summertime,” said Millsap, who is averaging 17.7 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. “I actually haven’t thought about anything about that — the summer — right now. It has been about this season, trying to win big.”