In another coup for Sean Marks and company, Paul Millsap, the four-time NBA All-Star, has agreed to sign with the Nets.
Shams Charania was first with the news Thursday morning...
Millsap considered several playoff contenders – including the Warriors, Bulls and Clippers – before the four-time All-Star committed to a championship favorite in Brooklyn. https://t.co/bZ63W1InKJ— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 2, 2021
In a video posted by The Athletic’s sister site, Stadium, Shams said that Millsap will have an opportunity to start at the power forward spot...
"Millsap will have an opportunity to start alongside Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant."— Stadium (@Stadium) September 2, 2021
Our Insider @ShamsCharania on 15-year #NBA veteran Paul Millsap agreeing to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets, presented by @ATT 5G. pic.twitter.com/JYNKkuCLlL
Millsap himself confirmed the move on his Instagram site...
Millsap, 36, played last season with the Nuggets, averaging 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 21 minutes over 56 games. He played a reduced role in nine games in the Nuggets post-season run, averaging 6.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 minutes per.
The 6’7”, 255-pound Millsap, a 15-year veteran can play both “big” positions. He has several Nets connections, having played with assistant development coaches Tiago Splitter and Kyle Korver in Atlanta, where he also worked with Nets assistant GM Jeff Peterson.
No word yet on how much the Nets will pay Millsap but only the vets minimum is available to Brooklyn. Millsap made $10 million last season. He reportedly wanted either the taxpayers MLE — around $6 million — or the bi-annual exception — around $4 million.
The Nets now have 16 players on standard NBA deals, including one non-guaranteed and one partially guaranteed. Millsap is the fourth NBA veteran to sign with the Nets since free agency began a month ago, joining Patty Mills, James Johnson and DeAndre’ Bembry. Brooklyn also traded for Jevon Carter.
With Millsap’s signing, the Nets will have five players with 38 All-Star selections.
There have been reports all week that the Nets are trying to work a buyout with DeAndre Jordan, who’s owed $19.7 million over the next two years.
The Nets have pursued Millsap off-and-on for nearly a decade, offering the legendary package of Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a pick to the Jazz in 2013.
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