Paul Millsap, 32, is eligible for a lucrative nine-figure contract this offseason, but the Atlanta Hawks, eyeing a transition period after a decade of playoff appearances, might not be the team willing to foot the bill for his services.
If the Hawks do move on from the four-time All-star, there will be no shortage of teams interested in acquiring his unique skills.
"The word on the street is that Phoenix is a very strong suitor and is willing to offer the max, not necessarily for a full four years, but was willing to offer the max for a shorter contract," reported ESPN's Brian Windhorst on The Basketball Analogy podcast.
Windhorst notes that in addition to the Suns, the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings are also interested in Millsap. Given the recent developments in Houston, it would also make sense for the Rockets to enter the race as well.
With an annual cap hold approaching $20 million allocated to big man Ryan Anderson and the potential of future draft picks, the Rockets could engineer a sign-and-trade deal for Millsap similar to that which netted Paul. Since Houston is already over the salary cap, they would be unable to sign Millsap to a contract outright.
At this point, any talks of a marriage between Millsap and the Rockets are just speculation.
"I don't know where Atlanta is on that but it's possible," Windhorst clarified. "Anything is possible."