The Denver Nuggets have exercised a $30 million possibility on ahead Paul Millsap’s contract for subsequent season, bringing again a key participant for the franchise’s pursuit of a Western Convention title, league sources informed ESPN on Saturday.
Denver can maintain Millsap, maintain on to its $9.2 million midlevel exception and nonetheless keep out of the posh tax subsequent season.
Millsap, a four-time All-Star, averaged 12.6 factors and seven.2 rebounds a sport for the Nuggets. Denver (54-28) had the second-best report within the West and reached Sport 7 of the convention semifinals towards the Portland Path Blazers.
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Denver has 12 of its gamers set to return subsequent season, together with a younger core of All-NBA middle Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray.
“From how I wish to do it, how I need my story to be informed, [this is] positively the group that may assist me do it,” Millsap informed reporters after the season about wanting to stick with the Nuggets. “That is positively a dream and a aim of mine. I feel it is the aim for everyone, particularly the youthful guys.”
Millsap ranked third amongst NBA energy forwards — trailing solely Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis — in actual plus-minus (four.24).
Throughout 13 NBA seasons with the Jazz, Hawks and Nuggets, Millsap has averaged 14.1 factors and seven.four rebounds. He is shot 49% from the sector.
The Nuggets are additionally extending a qualifying supply to ahead Trey Lyles, who will turn into a restricted free agent, league sources stated. Lyles averaged eight.5 factors and three.eight rebounds in 64 video games for Denver final season.