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Paul Millsap expected to forgo extension for free agency

Aug 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Jazz have offered forward Paul Millsap a three-year, $25 million max contract extension, showing their commitment to the near All-Star. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, they’re not going to be able to avoid Millsap hitting the open market, according to the report:

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.

via Utah Jazz: Contract talks begin between Jazz, Paul Millsap | The Salt Lake Tribune.

No shocker there. On top of the ability to test where he wants to go and the value of market competition raising his price tag, the new CBA, as we’ve tried to point out time and time again, makes it a near-absurdity to ever sign an extension. By becoming a free agent, Millsap will be eligible for a four-year deal from any other team and a five-year deal from the Jazz.

Millsap signed for four-years and $32 million in 2009 which was thought to be excessive at the time and has quickly become one of the better value contracts in the league. If Millsap’s approach shifts from “I want to see what’s out there” to “I’m definitely leaving,” we could see the budget version of the trade dilemmas that have faced other small markets dealing with available stars. Millsap should have been targeted by teams over the past two years looking for a budget star. He’s a versatile center who can power inside and step out and hit the three, rebounds well and has no injury concerns. He’s the guy you want if you want a complimentary star to an alpha dog.

We’ll have to see if the talk of leaving is just talk, and if so, if Millsap can get the kind of big money from Utah he’ll want, even with that loaded frontcourt.

  1. sellahh - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Meet Paul Millsap, a 3-point shooting center.

    • passerby23 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      You beat me to that comment. Millsap who averages almost 17 and 9 and who plays center and knocks down threes should be commanding a Chris Bosh-like salary. Oh wait, I forgot, he’s actually a 6’8″ PF who made 7 of 31 three’s last year.

      Really, Matt Moore?

  2. goneghotin - Aug 5, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Thought to be excessive by YOU.

  3. wj4122 - Aug 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    I would be sad to see him go away from the jazz who drafted him in the second round. But you can’t blame the guy for wanting to spread his wings a little.

  4. danielcp0303 - Aug 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Honestly, do you really know who Paul Millsap is?

  5. tubal22 - Aug 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    “He’s a versatile center who can power inside and step out and hit the three, rebounds well and has no injury concerns.”

    Millsap is a lot of things, but center isn’t one of them.

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 6, 2012 at 5:42 AM

      Don’t say that, you’ll get your comment deleted.

  6. niko808 - Aug 6, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Matt must be talking about that other Paul Milsap…

  7. flyers89 - Aug 6, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Philly! Go get this guy! Easley a top 4 if given chance to carry a team.

  8. dwoodbucket - Aug 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    If you guys think the Jazz will do anything but trade Paul Milsap your wrong. Knowing the Jazz’s history they offered Milsap a fair contract, He turned it down…consider him gone by the trade deadline if not before the season. The Jazz will put him on the market and they will probably get a great trade out of him. This is so sweet he turned down the Jazz, I love Milsap (own 3 Milsap jerseys) but they are very deep in the front court,Milsap,Jefferson, Favors, and Kanter. Favors will develop into a better player than Milsap so having to pick between the 2 just became a great deal easier. If they can trade a superstar like Deron Williams when they had no good replacement for point guard, I guarantee They will trade a player who is probably the second best at P/F on their team who is undersized anyways. Great player(rebounder) but puts the Jazz in a great position to trade and probably get something pretty good out of him and some other team can worry about fighting/signing him during the off season. Trade for high draft pick or great point guard…no wait I know, trade for great point guard and high draft pick.HELL YEAH!! Thanks Milsap for the time you spent as a Jazz man and helping us a win a championship with the player we traded you for!

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