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Paul Millsap, Kenneth Faried nearly swapped in weekend deal

Atlanta GM Wes Wilcox was fielding several trade offers for Paul Millsap earlier this weekend, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reports. Potential deals were discussed with both the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets, with the Nuggets deal coming very close to completion. The Denver offer included a number of picks and players, including Kenneth Faried.

A move to trade Millsap, a three time all-star power forward, would have given the Hawks the cap flexibility to hold onto center Al Horford. With Dwight Howard signing a 3-year, $70 million contract with the Hawks earlier this week, the team could not afford to keep all three veteran big men. Now that Horford has been signed by the Boston Celtics Millsap is expected to be off the trading block and staying in Atlanta.

The discussed deal intensifies reports that the Nuggets are actively shopping Faried. The Nuggets, who missed the playoffs by eight games last year, are looking for a proven competitor to help take their young team to the next level. Faried is 26 years old and entering his sixth season in the league. Averaging 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds, he will bring impressive athleticism to any team he will play for, although some executives may be wary about his size and shooting ability as modern power forwards are increasingly expected to spread the floor. The Toronto Raptors have been linked to additional trade discussions involving Faried.

Expect Denver to continue pursuing trade options and perhaps becoming a major player in the Russell Westbrook sweepstakes, as Oklahoma City may look to move the superstar point guard before his contract expires next year. Phoenix, who has had a quiet offseason so far, is likely to also push for a deal before the regular season as the team has an abundance of young prospects and two future draft picks from Miami.

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