Paul Millsap, Nuggets Agree to 3-Year, $90 Million Contract

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks walks off the floor in the second half of the Hawks 114-107 loss to the Washington Wizards in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Veteran forward Paul Millsap has officially joined the third team of his career.

On Thursday, the Denver Nuggets shared an image of Millsap signing his new contract:

On July 2, Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported Millsap and the Nuggets agreed to a three-year deal worth $90 million. Matt Moore of CBS Sports reported the third year is a team option. 

New teammate Jamal Murray reacted to the news on Twitter:

Millsap opted out of the final year of his contract with the Atlanta Hawks before this move.

The four-time All-Star and member of the 2015-16 All-Defensive second team spent his first seven seasons in the league with the Utah Jazz and the last four with the Hawks. He is a nightly double-double threat because of his rebounding ability, but he's best known for his scoring touch after developing into a near-lock to average 15 or more points a night.

He scored a career-best 18.1 points per game with the Hawks in 2016-17, along with 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 three-pointers in 34.0 minutes.

Millsap put up those career-high numbers after Al Horford left for the Boston Celtics last summer, demonstrating he can shoulder a heavy offensive load even at age 32. His ability to hit three-pointers, knock down mid-range shots and attack on the blocks undoubtedly contributed to his hefty new deal with Denver.

Millsap has 87 career postseason contests on his resume, so he'll provide leadership to Denver while also carrying the offense for extended stretches alongside Nikola Jokic.

The biggest thing missing from Millsap's career resume is a ring, but the Nuggets haven't even been to the playoffs since the 2012-13 season. They'll rely heavily upon him in pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops with the likes of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris to help guide them to the postseason.

While the Nuggets are facing an uphill challenge in the daunting Western Conference, Millsap makes them a more dangerous threat and gives them a potent one-two punch in the frontcourt with Jokic.