The message was heard when Jimmy Butler was traded to the Timberwolves. It was loud and clear when the Pacers shipped Paul George to the Thunder. And even though the Celtics added Gordon Hayward via free agency, the league’s balance of power has certainly shifted out West.
The cream of the crop of NBA talent has relocated to the Western Conference. Paul Millsap included, three 2017 All-Stars packed their bags and headed out West this summer — a number that could grow when Carmelo Anthony reaches some level of understanding with the Knicks. The East gained Hayward, but he went to the conference’s best regular-season team, further saturating the talent level at the top of the conference.
The Timberwolves have an opportunity to vault themselves from perennial lottery team to a potential Western Conference powerhouse. And as promising as the roster looks right now, the difference between fringe playoff contender and top-four West team is locking up a star at the power forward.
Millsap could have other lucrative offers on the table, as well. He’s reportedly drawing interest from Phoenix and Denver, two teams willing to empty MLB Cheap Jerseys the coffers for an All-Star of his caliber. But no team offers a chance to Cheap Vikings Jerseys create a Big 5.
Minnesota does. For that reason, I give Millsap a 55 percent chance of joining the Wolves in free agency. Doing so makes sense for all the right reasons. And if the vet’s willing to sacrifice a few extra bucks for a chance to compete in the West, it’ll pay off for both sides in the end.