NBA: Nuggets pick up USD 30m option on Paul Millsap

Forward Paul Millsap averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a game this past season, and Denver has now picked up his player option.

Paul Millsap in action for the Denver Nuggets.   -  Getty Images

Denver Nuggets has exercised a USD 30 million team option on forward Paul Millsap.

Denver announced the move on Saturday, the 34-year-old having initially signed with the Nuggets as a free agent in 2017. Millsap, a four-time All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks, averaged 12.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a game last season, his second with the team.

The Nuggets were 54-28 in the regular season, second only to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference, and advanced to the conference semifinals before losing to the Portland Trail Blazers in seven games.

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It was the Nuggets' first trip to the playoffs since the 2012-13 season, which was also the last time the team won 50 games (57-25). Millsap averaged 14.6 points per game in the playoffs, the third best total on the team.


"From how I want to do it and how I want my story to be told, this is definitely the group that can help me do it [win a title]," Millsap said during his exit interview in May. "It's been a dream and goal of mine. I see the drive in these guys to get better. I feel comfortable with that."

The move should enable the Nuggets to retain their USD 9.2million mid-level exemption and still avoid the luxury tax in 2019-20.

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