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11-Year Veteran Paul Millsap Agrees to a 3-Year, $90 Million Deal with the Denver Nuggets

Jamal Muhammad July 3, 2017

Paul Millsap is a skilled big man and would be great on any NBA team.

Denver, Colorado — The 32-year-old power forward, Paul Millsap, became a free agent this offseason and he had several offers on the table. According to YAHOO! Sports, Millsap had contract meetings with the Phoenix Suns, Sacremento Kings, and the Denver Nuggets.

Over the course of Millsap’s 11-year career, he has consistently produced for the Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks in the regular season, averaging 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds. Millsap’s level of play contributed to the Jazz’s and the Hawks’ playoff run. The big man averaged over 10 points and seven rebounds in the regular season and the postseason ever since 2008.

In 2015, Millsap’s fourth season in Atlanta, he led the Hawks to a 60-win season, and they made an Eastern Conference finals appearance. He also secured a spot on the All-Star team for four years in a row.

In the 2016-17 regular season, Millsap played 69 games and averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Millsap had his best postseason performance in the first round against the Washington Wizards this past NBA Playoffs. Even though Atlanta lost in six games, the big man still averaged 24.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals, while shooting 81.1 percent from the free throw line.

Teams see the value in Millsap’s game, and that is why on Sunday, DeAngelo Simmons, his agent, secured a deal with the Nuggets. According to The Vertical, Millsap agreed to a 3-year contract worth $90 million.

As soon as the news reached the public, Millsap was trending on Twitter and people were surprised about the size of his contract. However, the Nuggets believe that adding an experienced veteran will help their brilliant young players such as guard Jamal Murray, shooting guard Gary Harris, and center Nikola Jokic make a serious surge in next year’s postseason.