Paul Millsap had been the Nuggets’ target since last offseason. The Nuggets reportedly had a deal in place that if the Atlanta Hawks were able to retain the services of Al Horford, they would have shipped Millsap off to Denver. The Nuggets had an awful draft night in which they ended up trading the 13th overall draft pick for and underperforming albeit young power forward in Trey Lyles and a later 1st round pick that turned into Lydon (another power forward).
The Nuggets offseason is not completely lost although they lost out on two of their potential targets already, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. The West is getting better and better with their respective team’s recent signings and trades while the Nuggets have added to their already overcrowded roster. Now that’s no knock on the Nuggets as they can consolidate their talent and try to trade for a player who can impact the team drastically. They want to become relevant, but to do so they must prove they can attract top free agents in the NBA. That starts with Paul Millsap.
Paul Millsap would fit perfectly with the Nuggets current roster. The Nuggets got a meeting with the All Star forward yesterday as they tried to persuade him to make Denver his home. In attendance were the Nuggets’ brass, Nuggets emerging young star Gary Harris along with the Nuggets franchise cornerstone Nikola Jokic, oh, and Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall.
According to multiple reports @BMarshh54 of the Denver Broncos was in attendance in the Nuggets’ meeting with Paul Milsap.
— Rafael Torres (@rafaeltorresNBA) July 2, 2017
Paul Millsap playing alongside Nikola Jokic would terrorize opposing big men combos. With the “Joker’s” range and tremendous play making ability, specifically on the elbows, Paul Millsap would be able to control the paint on the offensive end. Millsap would also be able to mask Jokic’s lapses on the defensive end as he is a great help and weak side defender. With the Nuggets floor spacing and ability to pass the ball, no team would be able to stop their drive and kick offense.
If the Nuggets could get Paul Millsap on a S&T with the Hawks and for a reasonable price, they should be able to add another piece such as Danilo Gallinari or Rudy Gay to round out their roster. Denver would be smart to try and get Millsap either in a 3 year deal in order to keep roster flexibility for the upcoming season.