The Denver Nuggets still have a few more weeks to wait for the return of forward Paul Millsap and his return will help boost the Nuggets down the stretch.
Millsap, who inked a $90M contract in free agency last summer, will be key to the Nuggets push for a playoff berth as the team has been solid when he is in the lineup.
Millsap, who has participated in contract drills this week, is expected to return in a few weeks, according to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver.
Wind’s report stated that; “Despite going through full-contact drills Wednesday in the Nuggets’ first practice since the All-Star break, Paul Millsap is still weeks away from returning to Denver’s lineup.”
Nuggets Sign Mike Malone to Contract Extension
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the new deal will add 2 additional seasons on to this season, which will keep Malone, who has been key in helping the development of the team’s young talent, at the helm of the Nuggets until 2021.
“I never had any doubt that this would get done,” said Malone, according to Chris Dempsey of Altitude Sports. “My conversations and relationship with Tim (Connelly) and Josh (Kroenke) throughout the summer have been nothing but positive.
“All along, I felt that something would get done at some point. When? I wasn’t sure. But I did have a great feeling because of my relationship and my communication with Tim and Josh and Josh’s family.”
Nuggets’ Paul Millsap Hoping Team will Be Top 5 Defensively
“I’ve always aimed high,” Millsap said, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. “I’m looking to crack the top five in defense. I want to say it’s hard to do, but it’s really not. You get guys locked in on the same page and staying disciplined throughout the course of the game, you can be a top-five defensive team.”
It would be a giant leap for a Denver team that has finished near the bottom of the league defensively that past few seasons, making them one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
“I believe, with the team that we have, we can scramble and get guys off the (3-point) line, rebound and run,” Millsap said. “Everything is based on practice. If we drill those habits and drill guys not stopping on one or two possessions, continue to make the necessary plays and get a rebound, you can drill that. It can be a habit you create going into the season.”
Nuggets Sign Donald Sloan
Sloan was signed as extra insurance with the availability of veteran guard Isaiah Thomas remains up in the air as he continues his recovery from hip surgery he had performed earlier this year in March.
Sloan averaged 18.8 PPG, 5.5 APG, and 4.2 RPG last season for the Texas Legends, the D League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.
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