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Paul Millsap agrees to 1-year, $10M contract to return to Nuggets

Nuggets, Paul Millsap

Free agent big man Paul Millsap has agreed to return to the Denver Nuggets on a one-year, $10 million contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Though he had spent the previous four years manning the interior for the Nuggets, there had been questions this offseason if Paul Millsap would pursue other options as he searches for his first championship ring in his 14-year career. Recently, reports had surfaced that the Boston Celtics had emerged as a serious contender for Millsap’s services following the loss of Gordon Hayward in free agency, as well as the completion of a trade that jettisoned center Enes Kanter.

In returning to Denver, Millsap will once again pair with Nikola Jokic in providing a formidable defensive line at the rim. Despite entering the league as a defensive specialist, Millsap has developed a viable 3-point shot as his career progressed–transforming himself into an All-Star type of player that exceeded the expectations placed on him as a low draft pick.

While his production has declined in recent years, he was an integral part of the club’s success during the NBA bubble in Orlando. Following the announcement that guard Jerami Grant would be departing the franchise to sign a three-year deal worth $60 million with the Detroit Pistons, retaining Millsap was said to be a top priority for the Nuggets.

To further compensate for the loss of Grant, Denver also announced early Saturday morning that they had agreed to terms with forward JaMychal Green on a two-year, $15 million contract.