HoopsHype Paul Millsap rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

One source familiar with the situation said the Houston Rockets could trade center Omer Asik by Thursday. The Sixers, Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans have all been considered ongoing candidates. The latest candidate is the Celtics, but according to a source close to the team's front office, they're a long shot. Boston likes Asik, but is not willing to move forwards Jared Sullinger or Jeff Green, who the Rockets have been after steadily for a long time. Two sources said "it makes a lot of sense" for Asik to be traded to the Hawks for power forward Paul Millsap. In that scenario, Asik would slip into the starting center position in Atlanta alongside Al Horford, and Millsap would become the starting power forward in Houston next to Dwight Howard. Bleacher Report

December 16, 2013 Updates
December 15, 2013 Updates

As stated Friday morning in our most recent Asik post, trying to gauge Atlanta's true willingness to part with the floor-stretching Paul Millsap -- whom Houston naturally covets in this situation -- is a major challenge thanks to ever-coy Hawks GM Danny Ferry. Yet more than one long-time Ferry-watcher is convinced that what he's trying do in Atlanta is amass a collection of Millsaps (translation: coveted trade pieces) so he has enough of them to jump right into the heart of the bidding when the next NBA superstar becomes available via trade like we saw in February 2011, when Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams were traded on back-to-back days before the deadline. ESPN.com

December 13, 2013 Updates

Many league insiders maintain that the Rockets' No. 1 target in an Asik deal is Hawks forward Paul Millsap, who will join more than 100 players who signed contracts in July in becoming trade-eligible Dec. 15, which happens to be Sunday. We caution, though, that gauging the Hawks' true willingness to part with Millsap -- after signing him to a two-year, $19 million deal that increasingly ranks as one of the league's best bargains -- remains a mystery thanks to ever-coy Hawks GM Danny Ferry. ESPN.com

December 12, 2013 Updates

A source said Rockets center Omer Asik, who just switched agents to powerbroker Arn Tellem, is "going to be moved really soon." Two sources said "it makes a lot of sense" for Asik to be traded to the Atlanta Hawks for power forward Paul Millsap. In that scenario, Asik would slip into the starting center position in Atlanta, alongside Al Horford, and Millsap would become the starting power forward in Houston next to Dwight Howard. One NBA scout said the trade would be more beneficial to the Rockets. "Asik is a liability for Atlanta," the scout said. "I think he's a talented rebounder and a pretty good basketball player all around, but Atlanta needs better point guard play besides Jeff Teague." Bleacher Report

December 7, 2013 Updates
November 19, 2013 Updates

Tom Haberstroh: Some news out of shootaround: Lou Williams and Paul Millsap both out vs. Heat tonight. Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem went thru shootaround. Twitter @tomhaberstroh

November 7, 2013 Updates
October 22, 2013 Updates

Paul Millsap will sit out the Hawks’ final two exhibition games – tonight versus the Pacers and Wednesday at the Mavericks – due to a sore left Achilles. The forward has been nursing the injury of late but had to leave Sunday’s exhibition against the Grizzlies late in the third quarter. He did not practice Monday and received ice and treatment. “I think we are going to be conservative and cautious and give him the next couple days off,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Just let him rehab and rest and make sure he’s feeling really good going into the season.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 16, 2013 Updates
July 10, 2013 Updates
July 7, 2013 Updates

No, he wasn't flashy or the least bit flamboyant. And he didn't make any outlandish pregame predictions, do any on- court trash talking, offer up any ridiculous postgame comments or commit any off-court crimes or stupid mistakes that served to embarrass him or his teammates. Instead, he let his game do his talking for him, was always cordial and accommodating with the media, and simply went out each day and did his job the best way he knew how. Deseret News

In fact, in some ways, he seemed to be a somewhat shy guy without much ego in a league filled with guys whose gigantic egos often won't fit in a stadium the size of Montana, much less EnergySolutions Arena. Deseret News

July 6, 2013 Updates
July 5, 2013 Updates

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