Similar to what the case was with Kyle Korver, some Jazz fans had hoped and dreamed that Utah could find a way to make the appropriate moves to welcome former fan favorite Paul Millsap back into their ranks. Unfortunately, such an idea was a long-shot to begin with and likely was never truly in the cards.
It’s now officially off the table as the All-Star power forward has agreed to a three-year, $90 million deal with the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets barely missed out on the playoffs last season and especially considering that they’re very likely far from done making deals and could go so far as to add a solid point guard such as George Hill to their ranks, their combination of young talent and solid vets could help them take a Jazz-like leap this upcoming season.
Denver is now the third team in the Northwest Division to add an Eastern Conference All-Star to its ranks as Minnesota acquired Jimmy Butler and Oklahoma City traded for Paul George. If Utah hopes to continue to do battle with their divisional foes, it’s a near necessity that Gordon Hayward return to their ranks.