Rumor: Paul Millsap just chilling in NBA free agency despite interest from Warriors, Nets, others
Veteran big man Paul Millsap is one of the more notable names remaining in NBA free agency, but he’s in no rush to sign a new deal despite interest from a number of teams, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer.
The Golden State Warriors have been linked to Millsap the most out of any suitors. In addition to the Warriors, Millsap has also drawn interest from the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Even so, no agreement is close as Millsap tries to find the right situation for him. The Denver Nuggets could also look to bring him back, but it appears the 36-year-old wants more money than they’re willing to offer. The Nuggets are roughly $3.5 million below the luxury tax line, and he’s reportedly looking to get a deal worth at least the taxpayer mid-level exception of $5.9 million.
There’s no guarantee that comes, though, and a number of people around the NBA apparently believe that Millsap is going to ride out an extended offseason in order to rest up and recharge the batteries. Instead of signing on with a team before the 2021-22 season, he could wait to see how things play out at the start of the campaign before picking where exactly he wants to go. You never know what could happen with injuries and other factors, so the veteran could just bide his time before picking a potential contender.
Millsap has been on the decline in recent years with the Nuggets after making four straight All-Star appearances with the Atlanta Hawks from 2014-2017. However, while he may not be what he once was, he can still make an impact as a key veteran in a smaller role. It’s clear plenty of teams would love to bring him aboard, but he wants to make sure he’s picking the right spot for him as he continues his NBA career.