Denver Nuggets: Pros and cons of keeping Paul Millsap

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The Denver Nuggets have a huge decision to make this summer. They need to decide whether to keep Paul Millsap, re-sign him to a new deal or let him go.

The Denver Nuggets signed power forward Paul Millsap before the 2017-18 season to a massive two-year, $60 million deal with a team option worth $30 million in the final season. He’s played well and has been their most consistent defender over the past two years.

Heading into the 2019 offseason, though, the team has to make a decision on whether or not they want to keep him. They should decline his $30 million team option while working out another deal with him, but they may find that he won’t be willing to come back for less.

Millsap has never been a huge box score guy, and that rang true during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 12.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Per Player Impact Plus-Minus, Millsap graded out as a solid starter for the Nuggets despite playing in his age-34 season.

Will he be able to play up to those standards again next season, or will the team regret bringing him back if it decides to pick up that team option?

Paul Millsap is the most experienced guy on the team, and he has more playoff games under his belt than most of the team combined. That helped in the playoffs against experienced teams, but he also may not have the right skill-set to play off All-NBA center Nikola Jokic. What are the positives and negatives of keeping him? Let’s take a look.