“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 Targeting Andre Iguodala
Iguodala, who is currently away from the Grizzlies as the two sides fail to find any common ground, could be in the mix for a second run with the Nuggets.
While the Nuggets have a lot of contracts to address, they are in win-now mode and could be looking to unload some young players to get Iguodala for a playoff run.
Pistons Sign Joe Johnson, Michael Beasley Not Joining Team
The Detroit Pistons have signed veteran guard Joe Johnson to a partially guaranteed deal, according to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania.
The addition of Johnson, 38, means that the team will not be keeping veteran forward Michael Beasley, who is not expected to land with the team, make the necessary roster spot for Johnson.
With the deal, Johnson becomes the first player out of the BIG3 to land an NBA contract. Johnson led the Triplets to the league championship this summer, and his play sparked interest in bringing back to the NBA.
Nuggets Sign Bol Bol To Two-Way Contract
Bol is making his way back from a stress fracture in his foot that limited him during his lone season in college.
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