The Denver Nuggets are reportedly taking a look at a three-team trade that would land Kevin Love in Colorado for the long-term. However, if the Nuggets are unable to pull off a transaction that also would send Paul George to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver could be in the mix for Atlanta Hawks free agent forward Paul Millsap.
Chris Haynes and Marc Stein of ESPN bring word that Denver is looking at power forwards and one could be Millsap:
Sources say the Nuggets, meanwhile, have made upgrading at power forward one of their offseason priorities, which is why they covet Love.
Denver, according to sources, also hopes to crash the list of suitors for Los Angeles Clippers unrestricted free agent Blake Griffin and Atlanta Hawks unrestricted free agent Paul Millsap.
This comes on the heels of the notion that the Hawks could explore sign-and-trade possibilities for Millsap and that would potentially open up the playing field considerably. Sign-and-trade packages are more difficult (and less incentivized) under the league’s CBA (and we broke that down here) but, if Millsap, were to choose that direction, the Hawks could look to facilitate.
In the case of Denver, though, the Nuggets would likely rather sign Millsap using cap space and the Hawks, of course, would have no recourse to stop them aside from simply offering more money. Millsap would be a flawless fit next to Nikola Jokic and, if the Nuggets could look beyond his age in a more present-day sense, it makes a ton of sense.
This isn’t a “silver bullet” report that changes the game entirely but it is a reminder that the Hawks will be bidding against several teams if they want to keep Paul Millsap. Stay tuned.