Elijah Millsap RumorsAll NBA Players
While he wasn’t their first client, Daniel and his team got in touch with Elijah Millsap, who was playing overseas at the time. After he signed with Hazan Sports, they began pushing for him to get on a D-League team. They were trying to get him on the Philadelphia 76ers Summer League team. Although the team showed interest in Millsap, they did not get the spot they were hoping for.
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Elijah Millsap to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Millsap signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Jazz on Jan. 5 and has appeared in 10 Jazz games since, averaging 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.4 minutes.
Millsap’s deal will be guaranteed for the remainder of the season and holds two years of team options for the Jazz. In nine games over two 10-day contracts with the Jazz, Millsap has averaged 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and one steal in 20.6 minutes per appearance, providing an energetic force on the wing. He is the younger brother of NBA All-Star Paul Millsap.
Before the game, coach Quin Snyder said of Millsap, “I expect that he’ll play hard. He’s not going to be perfect, he had a crash course in the morning what to do offensively. I just want him to play basketball and give effort and he’ll be fine.’’ Afterward, Snyder gave Millsap a thumbs-up for his performance. “He did some really good things for us defensively during both of our runs,” he said. “He did the things I wanted to see him do. I was happy with his play. He showed some toughness and grit.”
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Elijah Millsap of the NBA Development League’s Bakersfield Jam to a 10-day contract. Millsap becomes the NBA’s 12th overall NBA D-League Call-Up of the 2014-15 season and the 10th different player to be called up. Per team policy, financial terms were not released. Following the move, the Jazz roster now stands at 15 players. The 27-year-old Millsap (6-6, 215, Alabama-Birmingham) appeared in 19 games (16 starts) for the Jam this season, averaging 20.6 points (12th in the D-League), 8.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.1 steals (fifth in the D-League) in 36.6 minutes per contest. He recorded eight double-doubles, including one triple-double (26 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists vs. Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 18). He scored in double figures on 18 occasions and recorded 20-plus points in 12 games.
We asked Gino Pilato of the fantastic website D-League Digest for the scouting report on Millsap and this is what he had to say: “He will look to attack the basket often. Despite his knack for finding alleys in the lane, Millsap will step back or take the pull-up jumper without hesitation. He turns the ball over too much, but can really impact a game on the defensive end. When matched up against Reno, Millsap caused fits for Brady Heslip, he was in his pocket every chance he had. The following contest against L.A., Millsap took on another tough offensive assignment in Manny Harris and was once again successful. Position-wise, Millsap is in a grey area in the NBA, but can serve as a forward or guard in the D-League.”
By the way, keep an eye on Jam forward Elijah Millsap. Through the first two games of the D-League season, the 6-6 forward is putting up 21.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per contest. Because Millsap is not under contract with the Suns, he could be called up by any NBA team. The Jam do, however, run a Phoenix-specific offense because they are the Suns’ single-team affiliate. It’s never a bad thing to know another young talent can put up major numbers in Phoenix’s system.
General Manager John Hammond announced today that the Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on Chris Wright and Elijah Millsap. Wright, 26, appeared in eight games for the Bucks in 2013-14 and averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He also played in 41 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League last season and earned an All-Star berth with his 19.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Wright did not appear in a 2014 preseason game for the Bucks.
A number’s game, however, could cost Millsap a chance at a crack at NBA life. The Thunder’s roster is at 15 guaranteed contracts, the maximum allowed under league rules. In order for Millsap to make the team, he must perform well enough to force the front office to trade or waive a player before the regular season opener. A more likely option is for Millsap to wind up on the Tulsa 66ers, the Oklahoma City-owned NBA Developmental League affiliate of the Thunder. However it plays out, Millsap can rest assured he has made a name for himself. “He’s very aggressive defensively,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “That’s what we like about what he brings to our team. He makes our camp very competitive. He’s not mistake-free. But there’s not one drill or day in practice that he did not come with 100 percent effort. That’s what he is about.”