Veteran forward Paul Millsap has emerged as a possible target for the Portland Trail Blazers once free agency hits this Friday, according to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer. O’Connor suggested Millsap’s experience and leadership combined with his ability to guard superstars like Anthony Davis would be appealing to the Blazers, who have struggled repeatedly against the Los Angeles Lakers big man.
Sources: Free agent Paul Millsap is expected to draw interest from the Trail Blazers.— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) November 16, 2020
Millsap turns 36 this season and is well past his prime, but he still offers leadership, tough defense, and shooting. Portland’s bigs got wrecked by AD, a reliable vet like Millsap could help.
Millsap is a 35-year-old unrestricted free agent who has spent the past three seasons as the starting power forward with Northwest Division rival Denver Nuggets. However, there are suggestions the Nuggets would prefer to promote his understudy Jerami Grant, who earlier today opted out of his $9.3 million player option.
Millsap has enjoyed a 16-year career, suiting up for the Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, and Utah Jazz. Last season, Millsap recorded averages of 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists below his career averages of 14 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Portland has shown they are willing to give veterans a chance with their signing of Carmelo Anthony last season. Whether or not Portland pursues Millsap, be sure to check back for updates.