The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a three-year, $90 million contract with star forward Paul Millsap, sources told ESPN.com.
The third year of the deal is a team option, sources said, which limits the Nuggets’ liability for the 32-year-old, who has made the All-Star team in each of the past four seasons. The signing was first reported by The Vertical.
Nuggets with Millsap are big factor in West playoff race
The best player to change teams so far is headed to Denver. How good will Paul Millsap and the Nuggets be in a loaded West overflowing with playoff contenders?
Latest free-agent buzz from around the league
The market opens on Saturday, and NBA free-agency and trade news is coming in fast. Stay up to date with the latest rumors and rumblings across the Association.
It’s a coup for the Nuggets, who have been searching for a star to pair with their young group of developing players for the past year. Their efforts ranged from offering a huge contract to Dwyane Wade last summer to trying to trade for Kevin Love around the draft last month.
Now they have a multi-talented power forward to put alongside budding star Nikola Jokic at center. That could give the Nuggets one of the most dynamic frontcourts in the league.
Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season with the Atlanta Hawks. He’s strong offensively as well as defensively, which will help the Nuggets as they look to break through and reach the playoffs after missing them the past three seasons.
His arrival will likely mean that free agent Danilo Gallinari is headed elsewhere. He had a positive meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It also signals that the Hawks are in a full rebuild after trading Dwight Howard last week. In the 2014-15 season, the Hawks won 60 games and were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Over the past year, they’ve lost All-Stars Al Horford and Millsap in free agency and traded Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver for draft picks.
Millsap was ranked No. 5 on the list of top available free agents compiled by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton this offseason.