Paul Millsap

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#HumpMarShonAndAPick is back!

The Brooklyn Nets offered forward Kris Humphries and guard MarShon Brooks to the Atlanta Hawks for power forward Josh Smith, according to a report from the New York Daily News. The Hawks rejected the offer. The Nets, seeing that they likely don't have the assets to acquire Josh Smith, have instead re-focused on Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap in an effort to fill their power forward hole.

The 6'8" Millsap has averaged 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game this season, shooting 48.6% from the field. His PER of 20.6 ranks third among qualified power forwards, behind just Tim Duncan and Blake Griffin.

Utah Jazz Vice President of Basketball Operations & former G.M. Kevin O'Connor and Nets G.M. Billy King are no strangers to a deal -- they orchestrated the deal in February 2011 that brought Deron Williams to the then-New Jersey Nets after King had struck out in his quest to acquire Carmelo Anthony.

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Recently, Brooklyn Nets fans have clamored to fill what seems like the team's #1 weakness: the need for a power forward/big man that can defend and score. As endearing as Reggie Evans' beard is, his lack of an offensive game has begun to wear on some folks, and it's clear he's best suited coming off the bench to provide energy in the second unit. Mirza Teletovic & Kris Humphries both have had hot & cold stretches all season.

But it isn't that easy. Nets GM Billy King can't just pick a great power forward off the Great Power Forward Tree, and boom, all the problems are fixed and the Nets cruise their way to championship behind their big man tandem of Brook Lopez and Great Power Forward. But similarly, there's no question that there are big men out there that the Nets can at least make a phone call about.

So we're going roundtable-style at The Brooklyn Game: our writers & analysts look at five potentially available power forwards (and the one center that we have to look at, because, well, we have to), how they fit with Brooklyn, and how realistic an acquisition is.


Start here: Paul Millsap