The Denver Nuggets were a young team in need of a star, and that is why Paul Millsap should be the perfect fit, writes Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post.
Millsap comes to Denver via free agency, following four All-Star seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. He is 32-years old and 6-foot-8, and his deal is reportedly worth three years and $90 million.
Kiszla referred to Millsap as the “alpha dog” who younger Nuggets such as Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay can rally around.
“An alpha male gives you a lead personality on the court and in the locker room,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, via The Denver Post. “Without an alpha male, you have a bunch of wolves competing. You have players saying: ‘That guy’s not better than me. I’m better than him.”
The Nuggets finished 40-42 and just missed the Western Conference playoffs last season. There’s a feeling in Denver that this time, Millsap will be enough to help give the younger pups at least a small sample.
And anyone who has played in the league will tell you playoff experience is invaluable when it comes to shaping a relatively young team.
“One of the biggest reasons (Denver) brought me in was definitely to help these younger guys and show these guys how to win. I feel like I can do that. I feel like I can lead these guys,” Millsap said. “The old saying is: You catch ’em while they’re young.”
Here’s more out of Denver:
- As The Denver Post pointed out in a separate piece, Millsap is now the biggest free agent the Nuggets have ever signed — and the highest paid athlete in the history of Colorado pro sports.
- The Nuggets have agreed to a deal with forward Torrey Craig, according to a report from Sportando. Craig is a 6-6 swingman who most recently played for the Gold Coast Rollers of Australia. He also gave a strong showing with the Nuggets summer squad last week.
- Undrafted Kent State forward Jimmy Hall had been drawing interest from the Nuggets, but perhaps wisely opted to sign with a professional club in France for guaranteed money instead.