The Denver Nuggets previously had lost Jerami Grant to the Detroit Pistons in NBA free agency. After facing the possibility of coming up empty at the four spot on pending free agents, the team managed to bring back Paul Millsap.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Millsap has decided to return to the Nuggets on a one-year deal worth over $10 million. He had received interest from over half the NBA prior to returning to Denver.
During the 2019-20 NBA season, Millsap appeared in 51 games for the Denver Nuggets. He produced averages of 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in an important role alongside Nikola Jokic in the frontcourt. He remains a productive player entering his 15th season.
With so much interest around the NBA for Millsap, it appeared as though he was going to depart from the Nuggets. There was even report at one point about how the Boston Celtics were atop his list of preferred destinations.
It’s crucial the Nuggets were able to retain Millsap because the alternative options in NBA free agency were bleak. There simply wasn’t options that provide not only veteran experience at the level of Millsap, but they lack the combination of size, defensive versatility, and complementary offense he possesses.
The Denver Nuggets will look to run it back with Paul Millsap remaining in the fold. He will be needed more heading into the upcoming NBA season than he was a year prior given Jerami Grant’s departure.
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