One Brooklyn Nets player will continue his quest for his first NBA championship on a different team.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Thursday that the Nets and forward Paul Millsap have agreed to find Millsap a new NBA team where he will be able to have a larger contribution.
Millsap, a four-time All-Star, had been getting very few minutes this season, his first with Brooklyn. He averaged just 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game across 24 appearances. Charania adds that Millsap had played in just two of the Nets’ last 17 contests as well.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old Millsap is no longer starting-caliber. But he is a perfect glue guy off the bench and brings 16 years of NBA experience to the table. Given the teams that were interested in Millsap last summer, there should be several good landing spots out there for him.
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The LA Clippers may be looking to sign a player who helped down them in the playoffs two years ago.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Monday that the Clippers are interested in signing veteran forward Paul Millsap. Charania also names the Chicago Bulls as another team in pursuit of the unrestricted free agent.
Millsap is one of the oldest active players in the league at 36. But he still had respectable averages of 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.8 minutes a game last season for the Denver Nuggets. Millsap also single-handedly ignited Denver’s 3-1 comeback against the Clippers in the 2019 playoffs with a 14-point third quarter in Game 5 that swung the momentum of the series.
The Clippers managed to re-sign Nicolas Batum and add Justise Winslow this summer. But there is still a decent-sized hole in their frontcourt with Kawhi Leonard likely out for the season and both DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson still unsigned. Millsap does have some other opportunities that may pose a slightly better shot at title contention next year. The presumptive fit with the Clippers is definitely a strong one though.
Paul Millsap is still looking for his first NBA championship, but he could be getting his best shot at winning it next season.
Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported this week that both the Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets are interested in the veteran forward.
Millsap, a four-time All-Star, averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.8 minutes a game last season for the Denver Nuggets. Those were the lowest numbers for the 36-year-old since the start of his NBA career. Millsap is unlikely to be back in Denver after the team signed Jeff Green this summer.
Both the Warriors and the Nets may be in the market for a veteran addition to their frontcourt. Millsap is highly regarded as a jack-of-all-trades anchor player and could be the most cost-effective free agent remaining for them.
Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap made quite the admission about his Denver Nuggets team after their comeback win Friday night.
The Nuggets battled back from 16 points down to force a Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Afterward, Millsap admitted that he knew the team was perceived as “soft” and wanted to shed that label.
The Clippers have fed into that perception a bit, but Denver’s inability to cope with the physicality and defense in the series haven’t helped. Few expected them to come back in Game 5, and even now, the Clippers are expected to close them out.
It’s good to see a bit of fire from Denver. Their coach has contributed as well during the series.
The Denver Nuggets fear that Paul Millsap suffered a broken toe during Friday’s loss at Charlotte.
Millsap left the game after landing hard on the court:
One of Millsap’s teammates, Monte Morris, said that Millsap has a broken toe. Shams Charania later reported that the Nuggets fear Millsap broke his toe.
Millsap had 16 points in 19 minutes before exiting. The 33-year-old is in his second season with the Nuggets and averaging 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game. He missed a big chunk of last season with a broken wrist.
The Denver Nuggets could be about a month away from getting a nice lift as they jostle for Western Conference playoff position.
On Wednesday, coach Michael Malone said that the hope is that big man Paul Millsap will return to the Denver lineup in about a month.
Millsap has only played in 16 games this season due to wrist surgery. He was his usual effective self in those games, averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
The Nuggets are currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference, though they’re only one game ahead of the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, meaning their playoff positioning is far from secure. The return of Millsap, coupled with the growth of guards such as Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, could see Denver move up in the standings, not down.
Paul Millsap is expected to undergo wrist surgery, which will cause him to miss 2-3 months.
Millsap injured his wrist during Denver’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. X-rays were negative, but The Vertical’s Shams Charania says further testing showed the need for surgery.
Millsap was signed by Denver over the summer to a 3-year, $90 million deal. Securing Millsap was a big deal for the Nuggets, who were able to pair Millsap with Nikola Jokic.
The Nuggets are 10-7.
There is good news and bad news for Denver. The good news is the X-rays on Paul Millsap’s wrist were negative. The bad news is he will miss at least one game.
Millsap left Sunday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers after injuring his wrist. He underwent X-rays which came up negative, according to ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes.
Millsap is still set to miss Monday’s game in Sacramento, the team announced.
The Nuggets lost to the Lakers and are 9-7 on the season.
Millsap has been solid as expected, posting 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while forming a strong frontcourt duo with Nikola Jokic.
The Denver Nuggets’ new frontcourt tandem of Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap should prove one of the more intriguing in the NBA this season, and head coach Mike Malone thinks that they are coming along just fine.
Addressing reporters on Thursday, Malone had a funny quote about the chemistry the two are already developing, per Harrison Wind of BSN Denver.
The connection isn’t surprising, as Jokic and Millsap are two like-minded and unselfish big men whose respective abilities to pass, shoot, and move will really help open up the Nuggets’ offense. That will also make the job a heck of a lot easier for Malone, who is quickly becoming quite the potent quotable.
Let’s just go right ahead and state the obvious here: this is not your father’s Western Conference. Not anymore. Gone are the days of sophisticated battles of equal parts brains and brawn. Dead and buried are the cordial, gentlemanly competitions of X’s and O’s that generations prior enjoyed and romanticized. With the defection of no fewer than four current or former Eastern All-Stars this summer to what was already the NBA’s far superior conference, the era of all-out war is officially upon us. Blitzkrieg strikes will illuminate the heavens, campaigns of attrition will be waged, and rivers everywhere will run red with blood as what had previously been known as the West now makes way for the Wild Wild West. But instead of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wyatt Earp, this battle will be fought be a more familiar cast of characters. And what a privilege you and I will have to enjoy front row seats as hostilities commence in 2017-18.
Ladies and germs, may I present a comprehensive ranking of the 20 best players in the Western Conference (with sincerest apologies and honorable mentions to DeAndre Jordan, C.J. McCollum, Andrew Wiggins, and newly-christened Westerner Carmelo Anthony, all of whose respective nits proved impossible not to pick when wading through a talent pool this deep). This is part of a series, as we also ranked the 20 best players in the Eastern Conference previously.
20. Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies
When he’s not sashaying like Conor McGregor or slinging shade in Catalan, Gasol continues to further his standing as one of the more undervalued bigs in the NBA. The former Defensive Player of the Year quietly posted career-highs in points (19.5) and assists per game (4.6) last season while playing his usual stout D. Yes, Father Time’s kiss may not be far off with Gasol set to turn 33 in January. But for now, I say long live those paint-protecting fundamentals and them elegant sweeping hooks from the mid-post. Me encanta la Gasol-ina.