Rumor season is in full swing for most teams and it is only right that the Lakers are right in the middle of it. Mitch Kupchak has been known for being active around this time trying to get a feel for the market and how players are being valued in order to see if he can make a deal.
Making a move for a Power Forward would be a very puzzling move for the Lakers on many levels as they have a logjam already at the 4 and Mitch has been adamant that he will not make a move before the deadline. All of this and Julius Randle playing out of his mind makes a move for a 31 year old very doubtful. The Lakers would have to give up a pretty impressive haul that would cripple their core somewhat. Millsap’s age does not line-up with the rest of the young core and he will be asking for plenty of money in the offseason.
All of these reason have not let the Lakers escape the rumors(via Adrian Wojnarowski from the Vertical):
Atlanta general manager Wes Wilcox started informing teams Monday afternoon that the Hawks were no longer working to unload Millsap, sources said. Millsap can be a free agent this summer, and multiple teams – including Denver, Sacramento and the Los Angeles Lakers – had an interest in making a deal for him, sources said.
Millsap is now off the market for the time being so it will be interesting if he comes back and if Mitch becomes aggressive enough to pull off a trade like this. It would an odd move because it wouldn’t make any sense for a team this deep in a rebuild and with still being short a prospect or 2.
Paul Millsap would add plenty to any team and it would certainly help the Lakers. For the front office, it’s all about judging whether he is worth this huge investment money and asset wise for a player entering the late stages of his prime.