The Eastern Conference lost yet another one of its best players on Sunday as All-Star power forward Paul Millsap has agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $90 million to join the Denver Nuggets. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.
Millsap, 32, leaves the Atlanta Hawks after four seasons. He made the All-Star team each of those years. This past season he averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Hawks.
Millsap follows a trend of stars leaving the East. Paul George was traded to the Thunder and Jimmy Butler was dealt to the Timberwolves, meanwhile several teams in the West were able to retain key players. The Clippers re-signed Blake Griffin and the Pelicans brought back Jrue Holiday. L.A. traded Chris Paul, but he stayed in the West with the Houston Rockets.
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Millsap leaving the Hawks weakens what was fifth-best team in the East this past season. The No. 5, 7 and 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference playoffs have lost their best players so far this summer, all to the West.
That is good for the other playoff teams in the East who should feel their spots at the top have been further solidified. And for Millsap to leave Atlanta removes one of the best players from the Southeast Division, where the Wizards reside and last season won their first division title since 1979.