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Nuggets, Wolves considered front-runners for Paul Millsap

The door is now wide open for the Nuggets to sign the All-Star power forward. It finished last season with the worst record in the Western Conference. He averaged a career-high 18.1 points and 3.7 assists this past season and also grabbed 7.7 rebounds. Despite the confirmed meetings, the Clippers are still confident that they are going to keep Griffin, and Millsap and the Hawks have apparently discussed a sign and trade deal for him to go to Houston. That number hinges on a flat payout of $19 million a year over three years for Teague’s new $57 million contract.If Millsap wants the max, he won’t get it in Minnesota. It signaled its willingness to spend this summer by trading Ricky Rubio for a protected first-round pick and immediately bringing in Teague. How willing will Minnesota be to go over the cap and pay the tax for doing so?Whichever route Minnesota chooses, it will still be able to round out the roster with the $4.328 room mid-level exception and whatever cap space it has left.The market for Paul Millsap dried up quickly. If the Timberwolves have their way, a former teammate of Teague may be joining him. Adding Millsap is critical to making that defensive possibility a reality. Millsap is versatile enough on both sides of the ball to play anywhere, but would surely rather compete for playoff positioning than waste the fading glimmers of his prime teaching Skal Labissiere face-up post moves or Marquese Chriss how to attack on the short roll – assuming the money is equal, of course. He’s active with his hands and is agile for a player his age. They’ll improve next season regardless of what happens with Millsap.In addition, the Sacramento Kings have interest in landing Millsap. It’s safe to say Millsap had no clue his list of aggressive suitors would shrink to one by nightfall on July 1. The 32-year-old will be entering his 12th season in the league. That age doesn’t match up with the Wolves’ core of Towns (21), Wiggins (22) and Butler (27).Citing sources, Wojnarowski reported Saturday that the Suns are opting to embrace a younger team-building approach. Doing so makes sense for all the right reasons.