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Celtics set sights on Paul Millsap, but he chooses to remain with Nuggets

Paul Millsap, a four-time All-Star, has spent the last three seasons with the Nuggets.
Paul Millsap, a four-time All-Star, has spent the last three seasons with the Nuggets.Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

After Gordon Hayward decided to sign with the the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, the Celtics quickly turned their attention to veteran forward Paul Millsap.

Multiple sources said the Celtics had risen to the top of Millsap’s wish list, but in the end the veteran forward decided to return to Denver on a one-year deal. A league source said Millsap chose the Nuggets over the Celtics in large part because he did not wish to uproot his family.

Millsap, a four-time All-Star, has spent the last three seasons with the Nuggets. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

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