Maybe Paul Millsap didn’t need any convincing, or maybe the Denver Broncos’ recruiting pitch was really that good.
Whatever the reason, the 6-9 forward has agreed to join the Nuggets on a three-year contract worth $90 million. The deal was first reported by The Vertical.
The Nuggets got a boost from some members of the Broncos, who joined several high-level Nuggets representatives as Millsap visited Denver on Saturday. The four-time All-Star must have been impressed because the 32-year-old is ready to join his third team.
Entering his 12th NBA season after the Jazz selected him in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season for the Hawks.
The new deal marks a huge pay raise for Millsap, who averaged just under $20 million over the last two seasons.
The Nuggets will probably still have to make a move or two to clear up cap space to make room for Millsap’s contract.
Griffin is much in the same boat as Paul. Griffin could sign something like a four-year, $175 million deal with the Clippers, $40 million more than any other team could manage.
But this is also Griffin’s first foray into free agency. A team with space to add him as a second option could significantly raise its ceiling. Griffin has extended his shooting range and improved his passing every season, so he would instantly improve many offenses.
The biggest question, though? What are teams willing to pay Griffin? He’s 27 years old with a long list of injuries, and his athleticism could be on the decline as a result. He’s also never been a great defender. He’s obviously a top talent, but there are a lot of variables at play here.