Nets strengthen ranks, nab free-agent forward Paul Millsap

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Paul Millsap is headed to the Brooklyn Nets.
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The Brooklyn Nets continue to get stronger, agreeing to terms with veteran power forward Paul Millsap, as first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic

Millsap is an extraordinary depth find this far into the NBA free agency period as the 36-year-old is a four-time All-Star and continues to produce despite an increasingly diminishing role.

In just 20.8 minutes per game last season with the Denver Nuggets, Millsap averaged nine points and 4.7 rebounds per game — supplying a 36-minute average of 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. That’s not far off from his career per-36 marks of 17.2 points and nine rebounds per game — a solid output in his 15th season.

With the Nets, Millsap will have an opportunity to compete for the starting power forward role where he could potentially lineup alongside Kyrie Irving, James Harden, Kevin Durant, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Another former veteran All-Star in Blake Griffin will also be competing for the role. 

Regardless of who gets the starting nod, Millsap provides further depth for a Nets team that simply did not have enough last year when they lost in seven games in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual NBA-champion Milwaukee Bucks.

Looking ahead to the 2021-22 campaign, either Millsap or Griffin will round out an impressive bench core that will feature Joe Harris, Nic Claxton, and the recently acquired Patty Mills.