NBA Free Agency: Brooklyn Nets and Warriors Battle for Seasoned Veteran

Published 08/30/2021, 12:34 PM EDT
Feb 13, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) grabs a loose ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in the second quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports


The offseason has been a bit slow for free agent Paul Millsap so far. Many NBA teams have improved their roster with several veterans in the free agency, but the 36-year-old veteran is still out of contract. However, according to Shams Charania, three top NBA teams are pursuing the power forward in the free agency; Brooklyn Nets are one of the teams chasing the veteran.

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Paul Millsap last signed a one-year contract with Denver Nuggets after spending three seasons with them. However, the Nuggets chose to not re-sign the veteran and Millsap became a free agent ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 29: Paul Millsap (4) of the Denver Nuggets draws a foul from Kristaps Porzingis (6) of the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls pursuing Paul Millsap

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According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, six-time NBA champions Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors and two-time ABA champions Brooklyn Nets are in the race to sign Millsap. The Clippers have also shown interest in the 15-year NBA veteran.

Paul Millsap is a four-time NBA All-Star. Despite his age, he will be a quality addition to any franchise. His four All-Star appearances came consecutively when he played for Atlanta Hawks. He has also been a part of 12 playoffs in his 15-year-old NBA career.

Millsap’s minutes reduced in his last three seasons with the Nuggets. The MPG of his last seasons is less than his career average; however, despite the decrease in minutes, Millsap produced whenever on the court. His three-point field goals percentage and free-throws percentages were .435 and .816, respectively, in the 2019-20 NBA season, his best in a regular season.

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He still has a lot to offer and his addition would help the team in increasing their roster depth.

Paul Millsap was the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft by Utah Jazz, and he spent the majority of his professional career with them.

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After seven seasons, he signed with the Hawks on a two-year deal. After two amazing seasons, the Hawks offered him a new 3-year-deal. However, with one season remaining on his contract, Millsap signed with Denver Nuggets on a 3-year contract. Ahead of the 2020-21 season, he re-signed with the Nuggets on a one-year deal that expired at the end of the season. With three top teams pursuing the veteran power forward, it’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out.

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Abhishek Singh

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