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Philadelphia 76ers in the mix for Hawks’ Paul Millsap

Joel Embiid, Paul Millsap
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With more news surfacing about Paul Millsap possibly getting traded soon, another team has emerged as a potential landing spot for the Atlanta Hawks forward.

The Philadelphia 76ers are now reported to be in the mix  for Millsap’s services as the team is looking to deal one of their big men to free up the logjam they have in their frontcourt.

While many believe that dealing for him does not make sense for the Sixers, Millsap has a different skill set compared to the bigs in their lineup. The 31-year-old Louisiana Tech product is as comfortable facing the basket as having his back to it. He can also play the role of a stretch forward as he has proven he can shoot from the perimeter with efficiency over the past years

However, one factor the 76ers might be looking at that many are not seeing is the potential of making Millsap a mentor to the team’s young core of Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons. With his experience and being a three-time All-Star, the lessons he can share to them will be very valuable.

Should the Sixers indeed pursue Millsap, it will be interesting to find out who they are willing to part ways with. Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are two of the names that have been consistently thrown in as the possible candidates to be traded by the team, but the Hawks may not see a need for either of them as their roster already features Dwight Howard, Kris Humphries and Mike Muscala. If they agree to deal Millsap to them, the Hawks will essentially have the problem the 76ers currently have up front.

One thing that may work in Philadelphia’s favor will be the Hawks opting to move their starting power forward to a team not considered a contender for now. Even with Millsap in their fold, the team still needs to add a few more pieces to make them serious threats in the Eastern Conference and may take a few more seasons for their core to play together at their best.

Millsap’s situation is definitely something worth monitoring and is expected to be talked about even more as the trade deadline nears. With the history of trades that has happened in the past, it won’t also come as a surprise if one or more teams will join the sweepstakes with the hopes of acquiring one of the better forwards in the NBA today.

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