Paul Millsap remains one of the most prominent free agents unsigned on the market.
Millsap has drawn interest from the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors have been the team most often linked with Millsap, but no deal with any team has come close to the finish line.
“I think he just wants to know he’s the third big or the reserve, small-ball 5 for a good team,” one assistant general manager told B/R.
Denver could feasibly bring him back with just under $3.5 million in wiggle room below the tax, but it seems Millsap is looking for a richer payday.
Millsap’s conversations with teams this summer have revolved around salary figures at or near the $5.9 million tax-payer mid-level exception.
“I think he’s gonna be a minimum or a midseason guy,” said one veteran front office voice. “What’s the rush? The money wouldn’t get much better, and he can just pick his team. What if New Orleans is really good come January? What happens when some guy gets hurt, and that team starts scrambling for a replacement? He can pick his spot.”