Paul Millsap could one of the hotter names on the trade rumor mill once NBA free agency begins December 9 and league business returns to normal. The Utah Jazz traded for power forward Derrick Favors at the 2011 trade deadline in the Deron Williams blockbuster, have Al Jefferson under contract and picked big man Enes Kanter No. 3 overall in the June draft. Millsap has strong value as a productive power forward on a fair contract.
The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells reports that the Indiana Pacers talked to the Jazz about Millsap before the NBA Draft and could do so again. The Pacers have been expected to be one of the teams going after free agent David West if the New Orleans Hornets don't make a strong move to retain the two-time All-Star.
Millsap is more than four years younger, though, and nearly as productive. Indiana has intriguing prospects up and down the roster, and the Jazz will have incentive to slash payroll with such a young core, so it seems like a natural fit if Indiana's West pursuit falls through.