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Report: Denver Nuggets signing Elijah Millsap to training camp contract

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According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Denver Nuggets are signing Elijah Millsap to a training camp contract.

As Shams notes Millsap is the younger brother to Paul Millsap, Denver’s current starting power forward. It’s a bit odd with training camp nearing a close to bring someone on at this point, but it’s reasonable to guess that the younger Millsap will remain on the roster through preseason. Elijah is a 6’6” wing player so what this signing may be indicative of more than anything is that Will Barton’s injury is going to keep him out for at least a portion of the preseason. If that is the case then it makes sense to bring in another player who can fill some minutes late in these exhibition games. It seems unlikely that Millsap would get a roster spot going into the season but the Nuggets still do have one guaranteed roster spot open.

Elijah has had some success in the past. He played 45 games for the Utah Jazz at almost 20 minutes a night back in 2014-2015 and while the rest of his NBA accolades are not very noteworthy, he’s had a number of big games at the G-league level. Does he get this opportunity if his brother isn’t on the team? Hard to say but Elijah has shown he’s got enough talent to merit some run in the preseason if nothing else. If he was a few years younger perhaps you could see the Nuggets working Bol Bol into a full guaranteed deal and moving Millsap into a 2-way contract, but at 32 years old you have to figure that Millsap is here to provide some depth for the preseason and little else.