Paul Millsap is at the same time one of the most desired assets in the NBA and one of the most underrated players in the Association, but with the 10 year veteran set to hit free agency at the end of the season, it’s pretty clear that he has played his final game as a member of the Atlanta Hawks.
Since his days with the Jazz, Millsap has been a very productive player on both ends of the floor, improving his range while playing capable defense against top players and becoming one of the best Power Forwards in the league and a regular name in the Eastern Conference All-Star ballot when he moved to Georgia.
So, since the 32-year-old is very likely to be on his way out of Mike Budenholzer’s team to try and make the last run at an NBA Championship, let’s take a look at the top 5 destinations for the Louisiana Tech product entering his eleventh season in the NBA.
Erik Spoelstra is probably the best coach in the Eastern Conference (sorry, Brad Stevens) and he’s proven that he can actually compete no matter who dresses up and plays for his team, and considering that the Heat have a lot of money to spend in this upcoming offseason, they could put together a pretty decent team.
Millsap could be a starter here and significantly boost a team that also features Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and Hassan Whiteside, and who knows? They may even get Dwyane Wade back, and if someone could slow LeBron down (if that’s possible) that would definitely be Spoelstra.
The Timberwolves are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA nowadays with young stars such as Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Karl Anthony-Towns, as well as having some very intriguing prospects like Gorgui Dieng and Tyus Jones and of course, the defensive guru Tom Thibodeau near the sidelines.
Still, they’re still a couple of years away from contending, but they showed that all they needed this year to actually make the playoffs was some experience from veterans, as they were the team that let more leads slip through their hands in the last quarter than anyone else, and with the help of guys like Millsap, they sky would be the limit for the young Wolves.
Mike D’ Antoni has completely changed the face of a Houston Rockets team that seemed ages away from being championship contenders just a couple of years ago, developing a very complete squad with a fierce run-and-gun offense that can basically demolish every single team on a nightly basis, and of course, having James Harden on board is also quite attractive for any veteran looking to win.
Millsap would definitely be an improvement over Nene Hilario while Montrezl Harrell continues to grow as a player and Clint Capela locks down the middle, either coming off the bench to back up Ryan Anderson or providing more balance in the first unit, and the Rockets seem to be a lock to continue competing as long as the Beard’s there.
The Nuggets were a team with a lot of up and downs over the course of the season, but since benching Emmanuel Mudiay, they were actually pretty solid, fighting for the eighth seed in the playoffs until the very last week of the regular season despite all the injuries that plagued them and the lack of experience of most of their players.
With exciting youngsters such as Gary Harris, Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic alongside proven veterans like Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, the Nuggets could pretty much round up their squad if they land Millsap, and they have a lot of money to put on the table to lure him to the mountains.
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Scott Brooks and his Wizards have improved a lot since a disastrous start to the season, really improving their squad with the additions of Bojan Bogdanovic and Brandon Jennings while Bradley Beal and John Wall are playing the best basketball of their lives.
Well, Millsap could be exactly what they need to reach the top of the East. Paul would totally boost their team either starting in place of Morris or leading the way for the second unit, being a legit threat to LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas in the weakest conference of the NBA.