Can Denver afford to lose both its playoff power forwards from last year to the Eastern Conference?
The Denver Nuggets may have their power forward continuity going from bad to worse, as Jared Weiss of The Athletic is reporting that the Boston Celtics are showing “strong interest” in free agent Paul Millsap.
The Celtics are showing strong interest in former Nuggets big man Paul Millsap, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA. Millsap provides a veteran presence who fills an important need for the Celtics as they look to strengthen roster in the wake of Gordon Hayward’s departure.
— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) November 21, 2020
The 35 year old Millsap is no longer the All Star power forward he once was, but can still fill a vital role as a big man on a contender in limited minutes, and happens to be the one power forward that Denver can still allocate money to, as they have his Bird Rights and can pay him essentially whatever they choose if he re-signs with them. Denver was reported to be open to his return, but no one knows what Millsap is open to, or what price it might cost Denver to retain its veteran big man.
The Celtics being in the market for a big man may drive the price up for Denver, but the question remains whether he is open to returning. Without Millsap coming back, Denver has JaMychal Green as the only veteran at the 4 spot, with second year man Vlatko Cancar and rookie Zeke Nnaji backing him up. With Denver’s glut of guards and the reported signing of point guard Facundo Campazzo it would be an even stronger indicator of Denver’s need for a trade if Millsap chooses to go elsewhere.
As Adam Himmesbach reports, we should know later today what Millsap’s choice is.