By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Denver Nuggets have made a big splash into free agency. The team has signed free agent power forward Paul Millsap to a three-year, $90 million deal.
It was believed that Millsap was going to be the latest addition to the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, once the team signed free agent Taj Gibson to a two-year contract on Sunday, it made Millsap on the outside looking in.
The four-time All-Star declined a $21.4 million option for next season with the Atlanta Hawks to become a free agent. He’s signing for less than what the Hawks could have offered him.
They could have given him the richest contract in NBA history at five-years, $205 million, which would have surpassed the money the Golden State Warriors gave to Stephen Curry early Saturday morning.
The other teams could have offered him a four-year, $158.4 million.
Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks head coach, said he was a believer in Millsap despite the Hawks first-round exit to the Washington Wizards.
“The best for us is with Paul,” he said at the time. “We’re incredibly optimistic and incredibly committed to Paul.”
Following the loss, Millsap said he wanted to stay with the Hawks.
“I want to be here,” he said. “I think talks have been pretty good. … It’s something me, my agent and my family have got to sit down and talk about.”
He averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds with the Hawks. With Millsap, Atlanta was the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference with a 43-39 record.
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