by Jack Maidment
The Portland Trailblazers may have just witnessed their number one free agent target choose the international city of Toronto over their fair state, but Hedo Turkoglu’s face has quickly faded from Kevin Pritchard’s memory.
The Blazer’s General Manager whose tenure has been characterised by aggressive recruitment has switched his affections to the pursuit of the Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap who experienced a break out year, largely as a result of Carlos Boozer’s lingering injuries.
An average of 13.5 points and a streak of 19 straight double doubles last year has elevated Millsap from low second round draft pick to important NBA contributor.
Portland have allegedly signed Millsap to an offer sheet although details of the deal are not forthcoming. The Utah Jazz have 7 days to match the offer.
Given the fact that the Jazz have already committed just about all of their money for next year, mostly on Mehmet Okur and Carlos Boozer’s decision to return to Salt Lake City, the chances of Millsap playing for the Jazz next season seem slim.
For the Blazer’s, Millsap will provide excellent cover off the bench for LaMarcus Aldridge: a player who can score, rebound and play defense.