Paul Millsap Mavs jersey mysteriously shows up in NBA Store
Last I checked, Paul Millsap does not play for the Dallas Mavericks. He is an impending free agent who just completed a three-year stint with the Denver Nuggets. He has also played for the Utah Jazz and Atlanta Hawks in his career.
Unless … the Australian online NBA Store knows something the rest of the basketball world doesn’t?
As folks on Twitter pointed out, the site inexplicably made a Millsap throwback Dallas Mavericks jersey available to purchase:
Here's the link for anyone doubting the truth:https://t.co/9LUZSKSjUE
I believe that is the Australian version of the NBA Store and they are ahead of the US in time, so…. https://t.co/m5PHcqKgGM
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) November 13, 2020
An instant collectible.
Oddly enough, the Mavs mix-up is the second mildly humorous thing to happen related to Millsap’s uniform in recent months. Because he chose the word “VOTE” as his socially conscious message for the back of his jersey in the bubble, his Nuggets jersey incidentally spelled out “Vote 4 Millsap.”
The four-time All-Star is hitting free agency ahead of his 15th season. At 35 years old, he’s no longer an All-Star, but he remains a valuable contributor on both ends of the court.
Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly expressed interest in bringing the veteran power forward back, but Millsap is certain to garner interest from multiple teams around the league, and he could make a lot of sense in Dallas.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that the Mavs are looking to add “a tough vet or two this offseason,” specifically an enforcer to pair with Kristaps Porzingis and improve upon the team’s mediocre defense in 2019-20. That sounds a lot like Millsap:
It's not just about having an enforcer for Luka Doncic. Mavs know they need to be much better than the 18th-ranked defense to have a good chance to win a championship.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 30, 2020
In theory, Millsap’s outside shooting and physicality would allow him to set screens and space the floor for Luka Doncic on offense, while providing his typical high-IQ execution and versatility on D.
Despite the potential fit, I think the fine folks at NBA Store Australia are getting a little ahead of themselves. We’ll have to wait and see where Millsap winds up.