I Know You Can Do It, Hawks. Just Let Him Go!

Paul Millsap tallied 32 points and 13 rebounds.

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It’s not you, it’s us.

Whether it was your game-winning free throw in Denver before the new calendar year or when you carried the city on your back to finally defeat San Antonio to begin the new calendar year- we’ve hit a wall.

Jeff told us, the media told us and eventually the entire league told us: It’s time to move on.

Don’t even sweat it, you’ll bounce back on your feet sooner than later. You’re one of the best at your position in the league. Three-time All-Star, 18 points, 8 rebounds and a block a game. Never getting in trouble away from the workplace, showing love to the fans with respect and grace. We go great together, but now we think we can do better.

Just like Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia and those that came before, we still got love for you for getting us to this point, but don’t hit yourself on your way out of the door.

Paul Millsap had another solid night, scoring 20 points and pulling down 8 rebounds.

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Now that we’ve explained ourselves politely, let’s be honest. The Atlanta Hawks aren’t going to turn it around this season. What we’ve seen from them is what we’ll get. An impressive string of wins, followed by consecutive upsetting losses. The team has talent and they’re good, no doubt, but they’re not THAT good and we’ve been playing ourselves since the franchise has moved to Atlanta in 1968.

Atlanta Hawks management remains terrified of change. The Steve Koonin-era of the team wants to really make the franchise a popular and cool one. Making a move that will bring the team back down to lottery status certainly hinders this marketing vision.

Gucci Mane night just wasn’t as fun as it could’ve been during a 30-plus point loss to the Pelicans. When blowouts become the norm in a rebuilding situation, T.I. Hawks Night doesn’t sound as profitable as it once did, we understand that Mr. Koonin.
December 28, 2016, Atlanta: Hawks Paul Millsap wins the rebound battle against Knicks Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in a NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Atlanta. The Hawks beat the Knicks 102-98 in overtime. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

However, as the roster’s most valuable piece, Paul Millsap needs to be traded as soon as possible. He needs to be traded as soon as possible because the Hawks are two years over the average age of all NBA teams. Millsap needs to be traded as soon as possible because over the last 10 games he’s been averaging close to 20 points a night and that’s probably as good as it gets from him. Millsap needs to be traded as soon as possible because Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zach LaVine, and Joel Embiid are growing into their full potential while Taurean Prince and Deandre Bembry are exchanging trips to the D-League.

Whether you get draft picks, cash or more expiring contracts for the rest of the season, you have to attempt to get SOMETHING out of a player like Paul Millsap, before I have to write this same column about another Hawk next January.

By: Rashad Milligan: @jeff3006

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