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Nuggets GM says Andre Miller will return next season

Jul 25, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

Andre Miller, C.J. Watson AP

Andre Miller appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Nuggets last year, and played well enough to where he was a key component in helping the team finish with 57 wins, good for third best in a loaded Western Conference.

Miller performed almost too well, however, because George Karl felt the need to stick with him for extended stretches instead of doing what management was urging him to — developing some of the younger talent on the roster.

That was one of the sticking points that led to Denver parting ways with its tenured head coach, but new GM Tim Connelly said that Miller will return next season.

From Ben Hochman of the Denver Post:

So what about Andre Miller? Asked if last season’s backup point guard will remain with the Nuggets, Connelly said “Absolutely.” He said he spoke with Miller, as well as the other guards, before signing [Nate Robinson].

Miller would appear to be expendable, not only due to the signing of Robinson and the wish to develop guys like Evan Fournier, but also due to his relatively small contract in relation to his skill set.

Miller is the type of player who could bolster a team’s playoff chances, and he’s only on the books for $5 million this season, and is only partially guaranteed for $2 million the season after.

If Ty Lawson is healthy and playing well, and if Robinson provides a consistent scoring spark off the bench, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Miller moved by the trade deadline for some young assets or future quality draft picks. But for now, it appears as though the team is planning on entering the season with him firmly in place on the roster.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Even Miller is confused as to why he would be back with that team.

  2. katra2logic - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    A crafty and efficient veteran PG, Denver would be smart to keep Miller.

  3. tcclark - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Miller is the type of player that every team in the NBA should be trying to trade for. For winning teams he will make you better. He is a good pass first point guard who has the ability to put up big points if he needs to. For a losing team, he has the kind of vetern leadership and attitude that you want to instill on your younger players. As a Sixers fan, I got to see him transform Lou Williams into the player he is today. Even though they are very different players, you can see elements of Millers game in Williams’ game that weren’t there before he was traded to Philadelphia like his shot fake, his ability to draw the foul on a jump shot, and most of his point guard skills. I’m hoping that the Sixers can trade something minimal for Andre Miller this year. He could do great things with Michael Carter-Williams. Having him on the team is like having another coach around. He can be a mentor, a leader, and a friend to the younger players.

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