Should the Atlanta Hawks trade Paul Millsap?

The Atlanta Hawks made a sneaky, somewhat under the radar acquisition in the summer of 2013 by signing veteran forward Paul Millsap to a two-year, $19 million contract. Millsap spent the first seven years of his productive career with the Utah Jazz, but had become expendable to the struggling franchise looking to clear cap space.
The Hawks jumped at the opportunity to sign Millsap to a short, reasonable contract that he has since vastly outperformed, rather than retain the services of Atlanta native Josh Smith, who later agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract with the Detroit Pistons. In retrospect, it was clearly the correct decision. Millsap was named an All-Star in his first year with the team, while Smith struggled to find his role in the crowded Pistons frontcourt.
Millsap brings a lot to the Hawks: scoring (17.7 points per game), rebounding (8.4 rebounds per game), defense (2.1 steals per game), and durability (he’s missed just 8 games since joining the team). He is arguably their best pla

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 11/15/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked to keep their hot streak rolling on Saturday night vs. the red-hot Atlanta Hawks, making their first 11 three-point shots of the night.

The Cavs had won three straight games after opening the season 1-3, but they faced a very tough test from a sharpshooting Hawks squad riding a four-game win streak of their own. 

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Cavs make first 11 3-pointers, beat Hawks 127-94 (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 15: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on November 15, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 127-94. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A night after Cleveland needed a big comeback, LeBron James wanted a fast start.


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Cavaliers make 3-point history, beat Hawks

The Cavaliers made their first 11 3-point attempts to rout the Atlanta Hawks

      
 

 

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

Following a thrilling 122-121 win against the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) will look to capture a fourth-straight victory when they host the Atlanta Hawks (5-3) Saturday night. 

The Hawks, meanwhile, have won four consecutive games after throttling the Miami Heat, 114-103, Friday evening. 

Cleveland’s defense will have a tremendously tough time containing Atlanta’s offense, though, as the Hawks lead the league in three-point field-goal percentage (40.6) while drilling 10 triples per night. 

As a team, the Cavaliers are surrendering 111 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 29th overall. Only the Los Angeles Lakers, with a defensive rating of 113.1, have been worse so far this season, according to NBA.com

However, Cleveland’s offense has been humming to the tune of 107.9 points per 100 possessions, tied for No. 4 overall, per NBA.com. 

Leading the charge for David Blatt’s club has been LeBron James, who’s averaging 27.1 points, 6.7 assists and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three. Paul Millsap is tops on Atlanta with averages of 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds. 

You can catch all the action at 7:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Ohio (Cleveland), Fox Sports South (Atlanta) and NBA League Pass. 

Keep it locked here on Bleacher Report throughout the night for real-time updates, highlights and analysis of all things Hawks-Cavaliers. 

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Horford still finding legs as Hawks take flight

Al Horford has been up and down upon returning from chest surgery, but the Hawks are playing well.

      
 

 

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Millsap, Horford push Hawks past Heat, 114-103 (Yahoo Sports)

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 14: Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks puts up a shot against the Miami Heat on November 14, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks are doing what coach Mike Budenholzer expects of them defensively, and the effort is paying off.


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Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks 11/14/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The red-hot Atlanta Hawks looked to continue their recent run of success on Friday night, when they took on the Miami Heat. The Hawks had won three straight games, but they faced a tricky contest courtesy of a Heat squad who’d had their two-game win streak snapped their last time out. 

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Miami Heat vs. Atlanta Hawks: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

The Miami Heat travel to take on the Atlanta Hawks Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET, in the team’s first matchup of the 2014-14 season. Both Southeast Division sides are chasing the Washington Wizards’ 6-2 record in this campaign’s early going. 

Miami is coming off a loss to the lowly Indiana Pacers Wednesday night at home. Dwyane Wade led the team in scoring with 20 points on 16 shots, but Chris Bosh struggled from the field, shooting just 3-of-13, resulting in a putrid 75-point outing for the Heat.

Atlanta comes in riding a three-game winning streak dating back to a Nov. 8 matchup against the New York Knicks. Their three losses have come by a combined 12 points and include a double-overtime loss to the Charlotte Hornets and a 94-92 defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. 

Most recently, the Hawks took down the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, much in part due to Paul Millsap‘s 30 points and 17 rebounds. Jeff Teague, continuing his hot start, added 20, and Kyle Korver drained four threes in the victory. 

In this one, it’ll be interesting to see how Miami tries to fend off the Hawks’ size and athleticism up front with Millsap and Al Horford. In each of the Heat’s eight games this season, Bosh has manned the center position with Shawne Williams acting as the power forward. Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers will have their hands full defending Teague as well. 

Tonight’s matchup can be seen on TSOH and Sun Sports. Be sure to follow along here through the final buzzer for live updates. 

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Millsap, Teague help Hawks sink Jazz (Yahoo Sports)

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks puts up a shot against the Utah Jazz on November 12, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap knew the Atlanta Hawks needed a lift with injuries that sidelined DeMarre Carrol and Mike Scott.


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