Paul Millsap Rumors: Timberwolves, Free-Agent Star Reportedly Meeting

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 24:  Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks celebrates during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2017 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Kevin Liles/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly set for a free-agent meeting Saturday with four-time NBA All-Star Paul Millsap on the first day of the moratorium period.

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reported the news about Millsap, who most recently played for the Atlanta Hawks.

The Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets have also shown interest in the 32-year-old power forward, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News added the Nuggets and Timberwolves were the early favorites in the sweepstakes.

Millsap averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists across 69 appearances for the Hawks last season. He also ranked 14th at the position in player efficiency rating (17.91), per ESPN.com.

In April, Chris Vivlamore of the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted Millsap said he wanted to stay with the Hawks, and head coach Mike Budenholzer hoped the organization could make it happen.

"You always want to hope for the best," Budenholzer said. "Without a doubt, what is best for us is to keep Paul. We'e got to do everything we can to make that happen. I think that is our intention. Free agency is not an easy thing for the player or for the organization. There are a lot of things that go into it. We are incredibly optimistic and incredibly committed to Paul."

Alas, it seems like a sign-and-trade deal where the Hawks at least recoup a few assets is more likely than his staying in Atlanta based on the widespread interest.

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Millsap isn't a high-end asset who's going to make the difference when it comes to title contention, but he's still a solid post player as he heads out of the peak years of his career.


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