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Report: Nuggets actively trying to trade Andre Miller

Jan 6, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT

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Andre Miller was suspended two games by the Nuggets following a public confrontation with first year head coach Brian Shaw that occurred on the sidelines during a loss to the Sixers.

The team later rescinded the suspension, but only as a peace offering to Miller so he would paid for the two games he missed.

The veteran was still excused from all team activities, and while he’s expected to rejoin the Nuggets on Monday, his days there may be numbered due to no longer being a long-term fit for the team’s future plans.

From Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post:

Andre Miller, who was excused from all team activities for four days, won’t be part of the Nuggets for long after he returns.

The Nuggets are actively trying to trade Miller, according to a league source. If accomplished, it would be the second time Denver traded him. He was traded in 2006 in a package that brought Allen Iverson to the Nuggets.

Miller is on a very cap-friendly contract at the moment, one that pays him $5 million this season, with an extra year at $4.6 million that isn’t fully guaranteed.

A team could get quite a boost in production from Miller, a capable point guard known for his crafty “old man game” that allows him to get results despite his declining overall athleticism.

The Kings and the Warriors were the first teams to call about Miller’s availability when the incident initially took place, and Golden State would be a great fit considering the way they successfully used Jarrett Jack last season late in games in three-guard lineups. But now that Miller is somewhat officially on the block, a whole host of teams will likely be interested in dealing for his services.

Miller is in his 15th NBA season, and is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 19 minutes per contest  — all career lows thanks to a reduced role under Shaw.

  1. garryfish - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Miller for Felton

    • csbanter - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Miller would be a definite upgrade over Raymond Felton I’ll sign that petition for sure.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      With Miller on this team, JR doesn’t take that ill advised 3. Woody likes veterans, and this guy brings stability, the Knicks need to be really aggressive about this trade, before the Clippers come calling.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Look at this guy, making a trade proposal that makes sense!

      • rushbacker - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:19 AM

        Not really. Denver gets New York’s first round pick (unprotected) for this year– they’re not going to do anything to help the Knicks improve.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      This trade doesn’t make sense though. The Nuggets don’t need another guard on their team that can possibly start.

      Besides, Nuggets fans have a vex about Felton, he is booed big time whenever he returns by local fans. I don’t think Timmy boy would be that dumb to get him suited back up in gold and powder blue.

  2. officialgame - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Who would want him???

    • spursareold - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      The Clippers, maybe?

      • Wammy Giveaway - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Andre Miller HATES the Clipper. Why, I do not know.

  3. glenuendo - Jan 6, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    What do the Raptors say about this?

  4. 13pbworld - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Utah needs a strong veteran presence to mentor trey Burke. J. Lucas might lead vocally but his play doesn’t. Miller would be a serious upgrade.

  5. azarkhan - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Pacers should pick him up and move George Hill (who is a natural 2, not a 1) to the bench. With Hill in the second unit, the Pacers bench would be positively lethal.

  6. mogogo1 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Nuggets are in that ugly part of changing styles/rebuilding where virtually their entire roster (maybe everybody with possible exception of Ty Lawson?) is more valuable to other teams than to them.

    • rushbacker - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:31 AM

      They are, but as a fan, I’m fine with it. No point treading water any further, they need to re-tool to a team that’s built for the post-season. That doesn’t mean that they can’t run and take advantage of the altitude (Miami and OKC run plenty), but you need to have a half-court identity– and players that can function in it– if you want to succeed in the playoffs. Whatever moves need to be made to re-shape the roster to that end, it works for me. If it takes a year or two, fine. At least they have the assets to reinvent themselves on the fly. . . starting with a probable lottery pick from the Knicks this year. I myself would keep Lawson, Wilson Chandler, and one or two of the current bigs. But yea, pretty much anyone should be available for the right price– Denver’s a fun squad, but they need to close the talent gap if they want to ever be contenders. If they can stack some chips up in this loaded draft, taking apart the current roster is no big deal.

  7. cruzan80 - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    JR Smith for Andre Miller straight up. Saleries are almost identical & the Nuggets need a SG.

    • stayhigh_247 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      No way, B Shaw already has his hands full trying to manage guys that actually listen, bring JR back to Denver, not a good idea

  8. BrandonTheoD - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    If anyone brings up the Heat I will shoot myself. I think the best possible fit would be Golden State or Dallas Mavericks. I would say maybe the Timberwolves considering Rubio’s health concerns

  9. bhunter1995 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    He is an amazing pure PG although he doesn’t shoot the three, he brings a steady hand to the floor and his assist to turnover ration has consistently been excellent. He is the kind of player that a borderline contender could really use, he would be a good fit for the Knicks, but they won’t do anything with him anyway.

  10. thetooloftools - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Denver has future long term plans? Since when? I get it. This was a joke.

  11. saint1997 - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    He and Wilson Chandler to the Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr and…Beno Udrih? I’m lost on who to complete that deal

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