The NBA trade deadline is approaching which means the rumor mill is up and running.  Atlanta Hawks star Pual Millsap is reportedly on the trading block as he nears free agency.

Sources told that the Hawks are fearful of losing Millsap in free agency without compensation in the summer – like they did with Al Horford – so they are taking calls on the 31-year-old and other pending free agents, including Kyle Korver, and Thabo Sefolosha.

The feeling within the organization now, sources said, is that it’s best to gauge the trade market for Millsap, Korver, and Sefolosha between now and the Feb. 23 trade deadline to guard against a repeat scenario.

ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported Sunday that Millsap has already‎‎ decided to opt out of the final year of his Atlanta contract, valued at $21.5 million in 2017-18.

The Hawks got far along in trade talks with the Denver Nuggets last summer but ultimately decided to keep Millsap for another year.  The Toronto Raptors are also reportedly interested.

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