Friday, December 3 2021

J.J. Redick has already said he expects to start the coming NBA season at home, joining a contending team midseason (specifically, the New York resident is waiting for the right Nets, or maybe Knicks, offer).

Could Paul Millsap be using the same playbook? Some around the league think so, reports Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

After a down year in Denver, where the veteran saw his lowest minutes per game since his sophomore campaign in 2007-08, Millsap is said to be seeking a crystalized role on a team with deep playoff aspirations. “I think he just wants to know he’s the third big or the reserve, small-ball 5 for a good team,” one assistant general manager told B/R…

At present, there’s an expectation among league executives that Millsap could ride out an extended offseason, resting his legs after Denver’s run to the 2020 Western Conference Finals and the subsequent sprint that was the 2020-21 campaign…

“I think he’s gonna be a minimum or a midseason guy,” said one veteran front office voice. “What’s the rush? The money wouldn’t get much better, and he can just pick his team. What if New Orleans is really good come January? What happens when some guy gets hurt, and that team starts scrambling for a replacement? He can pick his spot.”

Paul Millsap is the best free agent on the board (Lauri Markkanen might argue that), a player who can still defend at age 36, hit 34.3% from 3 last season, is strong on the glass, and averaged 9 points and 4.7 rebounds a game last season in Denver. He is also a strong veteran presence in the locker room. A lot of teams could use him.

At this point, waiting into the season seems the wise play for Millsap. The Nets don’t have an open roster spot. Minnesota is interested but not a contender. The Lakers are a contender but can only offer the veteran minimum; the Warriors have interest but financially are in the same place as L.A. Why should Millsap take that offer now over December or January, when he may have more options? Besides, what veteran wants to go through training camp?

Check out more on the Nuggets

The time Klay Thompson hyped up Warriors assistant Mike Brown to beat…… Report: Warriors, Nets interested in free agent Paul Millsap Jason Terry hired as head coach of G-League Grand Rapids Gold

Could Paul Millsap sit out start of season until right team, role presents itself? originally appeared on NBCSports.com

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

Cubs’ Patrick Wisdom dancing into Rookie of the Year conversation

Next

Transfer news: Canadian mid to Club Brugge; Torunarigha to Newcastle

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Dennis Smith Jr. with an and one vs the San Antonio Spurs

ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports Brent Musburger: Jon Gruden’s career was ended by a ‘paid assassin’ The Jon Gruden lawsuit against the league continues to reside in the window between the filing of the complaint and the first move by the NFL in response to it. For now, the void has been filled by Brent […]

Read More

Detroit Pistons’ 2021 media day: Here are the highlights

SNY Why Mets missed playoffs in 2021, what to expect in 2022 | SportsNite On SportsNite, now that the Mets have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, Chris Williamson and John Harper discuss why it all fell apart for the Mets and what we can expect, in what promises to be a very busy offseason. […]

Read More

Memphis Grizzlies set NBA record with 73-point win over Oklahoma City Thunder

Grizzlies set NBA record with 73-point win over the Thunder originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia The Oklahoma City Thunder lost by 73 points. That is not a typo. The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 152-79 on Thursday night, setting the NBA record for the largest margin of victory in league history. The 73-point win […]

Read More