Millsap's three-year contract with the Nuggets is expected to come by way of a sign-and-trade with the Hawks, which is part of a larger agreement that includes the sign-and-trade of Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Millsap already agreed on a three-year, $90 million contract with the Nuggets, and the terms of that particular contract won't likely change, even though the Hawks will technically be offering the deal to Millsap before trading him away. The larger agreement also includes Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone, and draft picks heading to Atlanta, although the exact terms of the three-team trade are still being finalized.
Millsap and the Nuggets have agreed to terms on a three-year, $90 million contract, ESPN reports. In what looks like a great deal for the Nuggets, they'll pay Millsap max money for at least two seasons, but the final year of the deal is a team option, which mitigates the risk of handing a three-year contract to a 32-year-old. Millsap's departure leaves the Hawks in an obvious rebuilding situation, as the team has now lost each of the key components of the roster that stormed its way to the No. 1 seed in the East in 2014-15. Expect Millsap to step in as the starting power forward in Denver, joining Nikola Jokic in what should be one of the better frontcourt tandems in a loaded Western Conference. With Millsap in the mix, Kenneth Faried could see a reduced role, while free agent Danilo Gallinari will almost certainly sign elsewhere.
Milsap opted out of his $21.4 million contract for next season Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. As expected, Milsap is opting out of his current contract and will likely be seeking out a max deal. Milsap said back in early May that he wanted to remain with the Hawks, and Atlanta has the ability to offer the All-Star a max contract that pays around $205 million over five years. At 32 years old, it's a lot of money to invest in him, but given that Milsap will be the top power forward on the market this offseason, the Hawks will likely have no choice but to pay him that max deal if they wish to retain their star veteran.
Millsap is expected to opt out of his $21.5 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "Eventually I probably will opt out, yes", Millsap said. "But I want to be here. I think talks have been pretty good, so we'll see what happens." Millsap is coming off one of his best years offensively as a professional, posting a career-high scoring average of 18.1 points per game, while also adding 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 three-pointers across 34.0 minutes. While it sounds as if he's expected to opt out of his contract, the Hawks still appear to be the favorite to retain his services, as they'll be able to offer him the most money with a max deal worth $205 million over fiver years, while any other team will only be able to offer him a four-year deal worth $158.4 million. He won't officially be able to opt out until later this summer, but if he ultimately does return to the Hawks, Millsap should remain one of the team's go-to options.
Millsap recorded 31 points (13-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block across 46 minutes in Friday's 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6. Millsap did not leave these playoffs quietly as he stuffed the stat sheet in a loss that proved to be season-ending. He outperformed his season averages in this series, nearly averaging a double-double with 25 points per contest as the top option on offense for the team had to carry a lot of the weight with no one else really helping to the cause. He did have six turnovers and shot 20 percent from three, which will have him a little frustrated, but he has nothing to be upset about in the way he performed in the 2017 playoffs.
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