Monday, August 6th, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  9 responses

Paul Millsap Not Interested in Extension from Jazz, to Become a Free Agent?

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Jazz’s contract extension offer to forward Paul Millsap was turned down. Millsap reportedly is planning to enter free agency next summer: “The sturdy six-year veteran was offered a three-year extension worth about $25 million, which is the maximum extension Millsap can receive under the new collective bargaining agreement. The proposed deal features an annual 7.5 percent raise, would kick in after Millsap’s current contract expires June 2013, and could keep the career Jazzman in a Utah uniform through June 2016. Initial indications are Millsap won’t agree to the extension, though, preferring to enter free agency in 2013 with plans to cash in on an inflated 2012 market that saw mid-tier forwards such as Gerald Wallace, Andrei Kirilenko, Nicolas Batum and Ryan Anderson recently receive lucrative multiyear contracts. Millsap became eligible for an extension July 17, which marked the third anniversary of his ‘toxic’ 2009 deal — a four-year, $32-million frontloaded contract Portland created via a restricted free-agent offer sheet, which Utah matched. The Jazz’s decision was controversial at the time, and some believed Utah wildly overpaid to keep Millsap, the No. 47 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and a backup during his initial four seasons in the league. Three years later, the 6-foot-8, 253-pound forward has evolved into one of the premier pound-for-pound players in the NBA. He’s the lone holdover from Utah’s 2006-07 team that advanced to the Western Conference finals, and rivaled center Al Jefferson as the Jazz’s most valuable player the last two seasons. Millsap, 27, averaged career highs in points (17.3), assists (2.5) and minutes (34.3) during a chaotic 2010-11 season that saw All-Star guard Deron Williams traded and Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan resign. The former Louisiana Tech standout followed with an equally strong 2011-12 campaign, averaging 16.6 points and a career-high 8.8 rebounds while shooting 49.5 percent from the field in 64 games (62 starts).”

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  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I thought he averaged more rebounds than that. Millsap and David West are a lot alike on the slick.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    except David West has not averaged more than 8 rebounds since 2009. Millsap is a good defender, is more efficient, and can play multiple positions.

  • Bravo

    But David west would prob knock millsap out with his boxing skills

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Millsap is not a good defender.
    He really only plays power forward well, if you put him at center he gets overwhelmed by size and he doesn’t have the quickness to play the three.
    Millsap has averaged 8+ rebounds twice. West has done it three times. And yes, Millsap’s per 36 numbers are more impressive and he’s the better rebounder in general, but he’s not as good as West as a scorer. They are roughly the same on defense in my opinion from watching them.
    Like I said, Millsap is a younger version of David West.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Millsap is a better defender. I realize his numbers next to Jefferson don’t really relay that, but Jefferson is the worst defensive starting big in the whole league, so what do you really expect? — As evidence, Millsap posts better advanced defensive stats than West in every category. — The Jazz defense gets worse when Millsap goes to the bench. – The Jazz top player in terms of +/- was Millsap. – The largest discrepancy in terms of player v opponent on the Jazz was Millsap.
    .Also, Millsap was a more than capable SF last season. Posting a PER of 24.9 at that position, while holding his opponent to a PER of 9.5. He is definitely slow for the position, but he is still a productive player who is a solid defender.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh and Millsap is 26 and has only been in the league since 2006/07, West is 31, and has been in the league since 03/04. That’s the only reason he has more years of 8+ rebounds. Last season was only Millsap’s 2nd year as a starter. West has been a starter for 7 years, and has averaged more than 34 minutes every one of those years but 1. Millsap has averaged more than 34 minutes per game…..once.

  • JC

    Nbk is making all the right points. Millsap is also steal machine for the PF position, great fantasy player.Give the man some credit.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    how is west = to milsap when dude was 4th in steals last year has more offensive moves that u hardly get to see cause they mainly go to al jefferson ..come on now

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