Nuggets picking up option for veteran big Millsap

Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Denver. The Nuggets won 146-114. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Denver Nuggets are picking up the $30 million option on the contract of forward Paul Millsap, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Millsap, 34, averaged 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.1 minutes in 70 games for the Nuggets last season, shooting 48.4 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from long distances and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line.

In 14 playoff games this spring, Millsap averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 boards in 33.5 minutes.

Millsap, the 47th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft out of Louisiana Tech University by the Utah Jazz, signed a three-year, $90 million deal with Denver in the summer of 2017 after spending four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, a pact which included the $30 million team option for the 2019-20 season for the Nuggets.

The 6-foot-8, 246-pounder carries career averages of 14.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks in 29.3 minutes in 945 games (661 starts), with a shooting line of 49.1/33.4/73.4.

Millsap was an All-Star in all four seasons he spent in Atlanta before signing with Denver.