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Report: Paul Millsap is on the trading block. Any bidders?

Nov 28, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

We welcome with open arms our first real trade rumor of the post-lockout era. We’ve missed you guys.

Jazz forward Paul Millsap is available, according to a story in the Indy Star and backed up by John Hollinger of ESPN. This is not a huge shock, the Jazz were reportedly shopping Millsap around during the draft but didn’t find an offer they liked.

The Pacers are reportedly interested. What makes this especially interesting is that Kevin Pritchard is with the Pacers now, but he was with the Trail Blazers when they made a run to lure Millsap out of Utah. The Jazz matched that offer, but Pritchard has apparently not soured on Millsap, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Jazz like Millsap, too, but they have young Derrick Favors to play the four and the pogo stick that is Jeremy Evans behind him. (Evans impressed me at the Impact league and I hope to see him get more run.) The Jazz will move Millsap if a team can give them value in return.

Millsap has two years, $13.5 million left on his deal and will turn 26 next season, which essentially makes him a steal. He is a good rebounder and solid offensive threat inside who gave the Jazz 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season, he is a good passer out of the post and just does everything pretty well. He had a PER of 19.8 last season, which would have had him 10th in the league among power forwards (just behind David West but ahead of Lamar Odom, Chris Bosh and Josh Smith).

  1. ddrew80 - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    I like Milsap but u have to make room for Favors. The Jazz are not in a win know mode . Favors will be a good building block

  2. brooklynbulls - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    What’s Utah’s return/exchange policy? The Bulls could return the fragile Boozer for the less expensive almost equally productive Milsap. We still have the receipt and the original packaging

  3. silverbuffalo - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Sad to see him go – he’s So solid as a pf but needs more height.

  4. sportsfan11 - Nov 28, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    This guy is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He would be a great addition to any team, I think he has the potential to be an elite player as long as the right team picks him. The Pacers doesn’t look like too bad of an idea, him and Granger would be an excellent duo.

  5. antmings - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    he mite as well join the bulls like all his other former jazz teammates

  6. 00maltliquor - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    They should shop Jefferson. Milsap is what you want in a player. Kiss the playoffs goodbye for the next 5 years or so, Utah.

  7. jmclarkent - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    I love Milly, but it makes sense (as long as they get value in return). Though he plays the 3 in spurts, Milsap is most effective at the 4; it is easier to plug Al in at the 4 or 5 and start either Favors or Kantner.

  8. dawkattack - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    Would be a great add for the spurs!

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