With less than two weeks to go before the trade deadline, more players’ names are coming up in trade rumors. One of them is Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap, who ESPN’s Marc Stein recently reported as still available in the market.
However, the team’s head coach and president, Mike Budenholzer, insisted via Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the 32-year-old Louisiana Tech product will not be dealt.
“He’s not going anywhere. You can write that.”
Millsap also chimed in on the speculation surrounding his future with the Hawks, adding that he trusts Budenholzer’s words about a trade not coming soon.
“Bud has been a man of his word. He has always shot it straight with me, always been honest with me. I take his word for what it is. It’s refreshing to know I’m not going anywhere and I’ll be on this team until the end of the year.
“Now, I’ve got to make it work. Stick to basketball and try to get wins.”
The Atlanta faithful can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that their leading scorer and playmaker will remain with their team. Millsap plays an important role for the Hawks and will be heavily relied upon to finish this season and into the postseason. They are in a good position to secure one of the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference and hope to make some noise in April and May.