Why Millsap, Warriors are perfect fit in free agency


Back in late July, yours truly wrote about why Paul Millsap would be an ideal signing for the Warriors in free agency with the taxpayer mid-level exception.

Does NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh agree with that assessment?

"Paul Millsap is a no-brainer. He reminds me a lot of David West and what he brought to the Warriors," Haberstroh told NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann on Wednesday afternoon. "A high-IQ, rugged, very skilled offensive player. And a guy who is willing to get after it defensively.

"And Paul Millsap is a guy who I think also is going to want to chase a championship during his latter years. And he can shoot the 3 really, really well.

"I think that's a perfect fit."

Millsap -- who will turn 36 years old in February -- is about to complete a three-year, $90 million contract with the Denver Nuggets. He is not a guy who is going to put up big numbers on a consistent basis anymore but can be exceptional in his more limited role. 

Before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Millsap was averaging 12.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game, while shooting a career-high 43.5 percent from 3-point territory.

Through 14 playoff games in the Orlando bubble, he is averaging 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds over 23.7 minutes, while shooting 37.5 percent from deep.

The 6-foot-7 forward drilled two big 3-pointers during the third quarter of the Nuggets' shocking Game 7 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, which helped give Denver a cushion.


Interestingly, last week -- when the Nuggets trailed three-games-to-one -- Marc Spears of The Undefeated asked Millsap about his future with the franchise.

"We’ll see, we’ll see," he said. "My main goal coming here was to help this team and organization get over the hump and help some of these younger guys develop into superstars, which they are. I feel like I’ve helped through that, and we’ll see what this summer holds.

"At the end of the day, I love being here, but at the end of the day, it’s still a business. So, weighing both options and understanding the business of basketball. I got to make a decision based, you know, for myself and my family. And this is my family also.

"So, it’s going to be a tough decision and hopefully they want me back."

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If Denver shocks the basketball world and wins the 2020 NBA title (or even loses in the Finals), will that change his or the Nuggets' perspective on a reunion?

It's fair to assume that the Nuggets might not have the financial means to re-sign the four-time All-Star, and Millsap alluded to that in his comments to Spears.

We'll get answers soon enough. For now, just enjoy watching the No. 47 overall pick from the 2006 draft battle LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

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