It sure looks like Paul Millsap knows this will be his final season playing for the Nuggets.
The team did pay him $30 million this season, rounding out the final year of his three-year contract, and it’s safe to say he was barely worth even half that, especially given what he provided on the defensive side of the ball.
The Nuggets are looking to get a bit younger in building around Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, with young players like Michael Porter Jr. giving the team hope for the future. Millsap simply doesn’t really fit with this group anymore, as it’s now Murray and Jokic’s team, with him no longer being the veteran leader he was brought in to be.
And that’s why it’s been speculated by many that Millsap will be playing for another team next season, with his contract set to expire. He sure didn’t help quell that noise, either, in what he said after Friday’s thrilling comeback win against the Clippers in Game 5 on Friday night. Millsap called out the Nuggets for being historically “soft.”
He’s not wrong, but the Nuggets did show a lot of heart in coming back from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to win on Friday, avoiding playoff elimination for the time being.