There is some interest within the organization in forward Paul Millsap, who is still generally classified in that second tier despite making two consecutive All-Star teams with the Hawks. Ultimately, though, the Celtics will not truly know where they stand with potential targets until courtships ramp up this week.
Millsap has a good relationship with Jazz coach Quin Snyder, and credits him with a great deal of his development in year 1 of his Atlanta tenure. Snyder was an assistant with Atlanta at that time. Snyder helped Millsap with "Pick & roll situations, screen in the proper place, rescreens in proper place." He also felt that Atlanta's offense "suited [him] better" than the Jazz's did under Ty Corbin.
Maybe Paul Millsap's time in a Jazz uniform hasn't come to an end. Spencer Checketts, son of former Jazz president Dave Checketts and radio show host for team-owned radio station 1280 AM The Zone, reported on Twitter on Friday that the Jazz "will actively pursue" the former Jazzman in free agency. Spencer Checketts: Just caught wind that the Jazz will actively pursue Hawks UFA PF Paul Millsap this off-season.
June 24, 2021 | 7:52 pm EDT Update
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams on the Suns’ focus after an emotional Game 2: “Our guys understand that every game has a life of its own. We came in with a great deal of focus and looked at a number of things that we did poorly in Game 2.”
Andrew Greif: Asked Ty Lue if there was a point in the last day or so when he saw that his players were over Game 2’s bitter ending, and he said he called players once the flight home landed and talked about it. He said he was hurting, too, but they had to leave it in the past.
Giannis Antetokounmpo should have been whistled for a 10-second violation on each of his two free throws with 5.3 seconds left in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 116-113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 on Wednesday, meaning the two made shots should not have counted, the NBA said in its “Last Two Minute Report” on Thursday.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks are progressing in talks to make Jason Kidd the franchise’s new head coach, sources told @Adrian Wojnarowski and me. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is also close to hiring a new head of basketball operations, who has signed off on the Kidd candidacy.