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Report: Knicks interested in trading for Andre Miller

Jan 11, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Knicks have been playing better lately, winning four of their last five despite the fact that they’re dealing with injuries to the likes of Pablo Prigioni and Tyson Chandler, along with the internal team suspension of J.R. Smith.

New York needs a talent upgrade somewhere to continue this recent uptick, and even if the team gets its injured players back healthy, there’s no guarantee that the pieces will continue to fit, especially with Smith’s offense significantly diminished from last season’s mark even before all the nonsense.

It was clear to the Knicks early on that they needed more to be able to compete at a higher level in the East, which is a goal highly possible to achieve considering just how bad the conference has been this season. They tried to acquire Kyle Lowry in trade from Toronto, but lacked pieces of interest to get the deal done, in large part because they gave too many of them to Raptors GM Masai Ujiri in the trade for Carmelo Anthony when he was employed by the Nuggets.

The Knicks are still trying, it seems, and the latest report has them seeking another point guard talent, although one who is disgruntled in his current situation.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

The Knicks are now said to want to work their way into the bidding for Denver’s very available Andre Miller, but the same problem that doomed New York in the Lowry chase a month ago — limited assets to offer — doesn’t bring much hope.

Miller is on a favorable contract to a team like New York which doesn’t have much room to operate in adding additional salary. His current deal is one that pays him $5 million this season, with an extra year at $4.6 million that isn’t fully guaranteed.

But as was noted in the report, the Knicks don’t have too much to offer, and what they do have they don’t want to give up — like more first round picks, or younger talent in the form of Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr. who appear to have bright futures.

On Denver’s side, Miller hasn’t been with the team for their last four games, and he may not play for them again while the Nuggets continue to work to deal him. If he does return, it would come with the understanding that his minutes would be distributed elsewhere.

  1. johngalt1783 - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Miller is this generations Bill Laimbeer. Both are a living & playing testimony to the fact that if you can’t jump you rarely if ever miss games due to injury.

  2. digitalpoo - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    As if they didn’t already have enough old guys.

    • homieshome - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:14 AM

      Who exactly are you referring to? Kenyon Martin and Metta World peace are the only 2 vets and they are far from ready to retire. Kenyon is 36, World Peace is 34. They both still play well

  3. 21stnprime - Jan 11, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    send J.R. Smith back..

    • rushbacker - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Sorry, the Nuggets don’t want him back.

  4. shanferg - Jan 11, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    How did you conclude the Knicks need an uptick in talent to continue the winning they’ve been doing? Are they going to face teams much more talented than the Spurs and Heat teams they just beat with their current roster? Some of you say the most idiotic things. Did it ever occur to you that the team is developing it’s rhythm and style of play after acquiring a few new pieces to the team, genius?

    • onlyavoice - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      LMAO, they beat the Heat 3 times last season fool.
      If the Celts had been healthy with Rondo the Knicks would have lost in the 1st round.

      • shanferg - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        You apparently have a

      • shanferg - Jan 11, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        You apparently have a reading comprehension problem, yet you call me fool. What does the Knicks beating the Heat 3 times last year or your opinion that the Celts would’ve beat them with Rondo have to do with my point? My point is that nothing about the way the Knicks are playing now suggests they need an uptick in talent. They beat the Spurs at home, lose by 2 to Rockets in Houston, win by 12 in Dallas, beat Detroit, and spanked the Heat by double digits. This team traded rotation players from last year and added new pieces like Bargnani, Hardaway Jr, Udrich, Toure Murry, not to mention Felton, Prigs, Chandler, Metta, Kenyon, and Melo have all been injured. Naturally it would take time for this team to gel. And in my opinion they are. I just don’t see how wins over the 2 teams that competed for the championship last year shows the Knicks need an uptick in talent to continue to win.

      • homieshome - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:16 AM

        Only, you are a bitter loser and your Celtics suck

  5. beast2727 - Jan 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Jr for Andre is a good trade

  6. knicksdyinghard - Jan 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Yeah Jr for Andre, take it or leave it, best we can offer. Reject for a reject, how about that?

  7. wowwowbad - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    JR Smith & Iman Shumpert for Andre Miller, Jordan Hamilton, and Timofey Mozgov.

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