Former La Tech Star Paul Millsap is a Free Agent
Anyone have a need for a 4-time NBA All-Star from Monroe?
Because former Louisiana Tech star Paul Millsap just became a free agent last night, and is looking for a new home in the NBA. Here's the overview from the Louisiana Radio Network:
"Former Louisiana Tech star Paul Millsap is a free-agent as well and a number of teams are interested in the 32-year-old. Millsap will reportedly meet with the Phoenix Suns, who according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, can give Millsap a max contract for possibly the next three years."
But the Suns aren't the only team looking. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets are also looking at the 6-8 wingman. But no matter where he goes, he's about to get paid.
Millsap is coming off his fourth straight All-Star season with the Atlanta Hawks, where he averaged 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in the regular season. When the NBA Playoff rolled around last year, he showed up big. Pouring in an average of over 24 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. Since becoming a regular starter, his playoff averages are around 17 points per game and 9 rebounds per game. So what value does that have on the NBA Free Agent Market? A deal that could get close to $150 Million...no joke.
BUT (and it's a big one, which is why I used all caps) if Millsap is looking to win more than get paid, he could look at smaller deals.
See, the NBA is setting up to require Super Teams to have any real shot at a championship. Which is why Oklahoma City just brought in Paul George to put with Russel Westbrook, why Chris Paul is now in Houston with James Harden, and why Golden State and Cleveland are still the favorites.
So with Millsap being from Louisiana, and the New Orleans Pelicans looking to build on Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins...what if Millsap wanted to bring a ring to Nola?
With Jrue Holiday signing a massive deal to stay in Nola, it might be hard to swing the numbers. But if you had a starting lineup with Holiday, Davis, Cousins, and Millsap...you'd be able to line up with anyone in the league and feel good about it. Hell, maybe even Golden State.