Free-agent forward Paul Millsap has signed a three-year deal, worth $90 million with the Denver Nuggets. Millsap comes to Denver after spending the past four seasons in Atlanta. Millsap spent his first seven seasons with the Nuggets Northwest division foe, the Utah Jazz. Other teams that were interested in Millsap were the Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and Minnesota Timberwolves.
During his four years in Atlanta, Millsap led the Hawks to a 189-139 record and brought them to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2015. He averaged 17.4 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game during his stint in Atlanta. He also led Atlanta to the playoffs in all four of his seasons there. Millsap also had the highest win shares out of anyone on the Hawks in 2 of his 4 seasons there.
Millsap brings a lot to the Nuggets young team. While Millsap wasn’t always the most athletic player, he always gave his heart out for his team and was always making the clutch plays. Millsap can shoot the three, but also drive. He always brought a sense of leadership to a team that was always in close games.
For Denver, getting Millsap gives the Nuggets a chance to compete in the elite NBA West. The West has been overloaded with star players and the Nuggets are finally getting their player now. Millsap will bring a veteran presence and a ton of leadership to the Nuggets. Millsap also fits perfectly at power forward next to Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic. All in all, at age 32, Millsap brings on a leadership role with the Nuggets and provides them with playoff experience.
For the Hawks, Millsap’s move marks the end of an era. It also marks the beginning of their rebuild. After four great years, the Hawks have lost all their starters from their 2015 Eastern Conference Finals season. Millsap was great in Atlanta, but it’s time for him to move back to the Western Conference.