Nuggets announce signing of star forward Paul Millsap

In this April 28, 2017, photo, Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) shoots against Washington Wizards forward Jason Smith (14) in the first half of an NBA playoff basketball game in Atlanta. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 2, that Paul Millsap has agreed to terms with the Denver Nuggets on a three-year deal worth $90 million. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

DENVER | The Denver Nuggets announced the signing of four-time All-Star Paul Millsap.

A highly coveted free agent, the former Atlanta forward agreed to a three-year deal worth $90 million. He will hold a news conference Thursday in a suburb of Denver where he spent a dozen years as a kid before returning to Louisiana for high school and college.

The 32-year-old Millsap gives the youthful Nuggets a proven veteran to pair with budding star Nikola Jokic. Millsap averaged a career-high 18.1 points last season with 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Denver (40-42) improved by seven games this year but still missed the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Millsap’s presence helps the Nuggets remain in the playoff conversation even in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.