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Paul Millsap’s Brother Elijah Signs With The Utah Jazz

Hazan Sports Management is proud to announce that Elijah Millsap has officially been called up to the Utah Jazz on a 10 day contract.

The 26-year-old younger brother of Paul Millsap has been getting looks from NBA teams since he went undrafted in 2010 and hopes to be following a similar track to P.J. Tucker who made multiple trips to Vegas in the summer before landing a job with the Suns.

“P.J. Tucker was 27 when he made pro,” Millsap told Pro Bball Report this past summer. “I am trying to do the same route as P.J. Tucker. Guys like that are very inspirational and give you hope.”

The 6’6 guard/forward has been enjoying an outstanding season in the NBA Development League with the Bakersfield Jam. He has played in 19 games and averaged 36.6 minutes, 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Millsap is shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from three-point range while attempting 2.9 threes per game, but more impressive is his 8.4 free throw attempts per game. He is averaging 76.3 percent from the stripe.

“Just more focused this time around,” Millsap said. “I am a different type of player. I believe playing overseas helped my maturity level.”

Millsap has spent parts of five seasons in the D-League and was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers for about 2 weeks in December 2011. He has also played in China, the Philippines and Israel. Most recently, he was invited to the Bucks training camp in October.

“He is a leader out there,” Millsap’s agent Daniel Hazan explained. “He is quiet, does his job, he is a good kid, very easy to work with, very easy to deal with, very respectful.

“When you are the 13, 14, 15 guy, the number one thing is you don’t want a knucklehead. 1) He is the most humble respectful and quietest guy you are going to see out there. 2) He can play. He has the experience to be an NBA player. He has been in NBA training camps in the past, he has that experience. He just needs that opportunity from somebody to take him under their wing. He could come in and be an instant stopper on the defensive end. He can take it to the hole. He has it all. It’s just a matter of who wants to take that risk.”

Millsap says he is motivated to make it to the NBA by his son and younger brother.

“I just had a son,” Millsap said. “I want to be an inspiration to my son and my younger brother. I want to be the guy that inspires other guys. I want to maximize my ability and continue to get better and try to get to the NBA.”

Millsap’s hard work and persistence has earned him another shot at his NBA dream.

Note: The Jazz have waived Toure’ Murry to make room on the roster for Millsap.



Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.