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Andre Miller possibly returning to Nuggets? Reports conflict

Feb 16, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

Nate Robinson, Andre Miller, Brian Shaw

The Nuggets need a point guard.

Ty Lawson has been out with a broke rib. Nate Robinson had season-ending surgery. And Andre Miller was sent home.

Trying to plug along without those three, the Nuggets have, predictably, fared poorly. Their season net rating, according to nbawowy, is –1.5. Without any of those three point guards, it’s –21.9.*

*Surprisingly, Denver’s offensive rating is a little better (109.0 to 112.2). The defensive rating takes a huge hit (110.5 to 134.1).

One solution could be bring Miller, who clashed with coach Brian Shaw, back into the mix.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com:

Facing a difficult trade market and a glaring hole at the point guard position, Nuggets officials worked out the banished Andre Miller this week and are considering bringing him back, league sources told CBSSports.com.

Miller hasn’t played since Dec. 30 following a public confrontation with coach Brian Shaw. Despite concerns about the 37-year-old’s tendency to put on weight, Miller has lost 12 pounds since being banished from the team, one league source said.

However, Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports puts a different spin on the facts:

Miller has been working out daily at the Nuggets practice facility, mostly at night away from the team. Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly has attended some of those workouts.

“The vibe is delusional,” the source said. “It’s a burned bridge. No reconciliation. He’s waiting by the door with his bag already packed. The relationship is irreparable. Under no circumstances does he want to come back to Denver.

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The 24-27 Nuggets are six games and two teams outside eighth place in the Western Conference. The playoffs are a significant longshot.

At this point, is Miller – regardless of who’s at fault – worth the headache?

Trading him won’t be easy, either. He has one more year remaining on his contract at $4,625,000, though only $2 million of that is guaranteed. A few teams could use a backup point guard, but that’s a reasonably high expense for a 37-year-old who hasn’t played in weeks.

The Nuggets are stuck between a rock and a hard place with no easy way to handle Miller – though if he’s completely against returning, that would at least simplify Denver’s predicament.

  1. DWadeFlash - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    wow.

  2. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Trade him 2 the Knicks…..

  3. miamiheatlesnotbeatles - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Trade him 2 da knicks

  4. miamiheatlesnotbeatles - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Trade him 2 da knicks………………………

  5. miamiheatles - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    they tripping..knicks need him

  6. rushbacker - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Come on, just trade the dude already and be done with it. Denver’s season has been ruined by injuries, time to throw in the towel and admit that they’re lottery-bound. They should look to sell at the deadline, and try to stockpile enough assets for the off-season to re-build on the fly around a Lawson/Foye backcourt, and hopefully a legit scoring wing or PF acquired with their first pick.

  7. mackcarrington - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Didn’t the Nuggets previously say that if there was going to be any reconciliation that it would have to be Miller approaching them? Presumably with his hat in his hand saying “I’m sorry”?

    • chevyss69 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      just trade him already. he doesn’t want anything to do with them anymore and shaw himself said he doesn’t want him around. this GM and ” Little Kroncke” are the worst.

      • chevyss69 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:24 AM

        Its not like youre trading away your franchise player for god sake. I know they are short on PG but its not like he is going to take them to the playoffs. Like the famous quote by Jim Mora ” PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? lol. this use to be a proud fanchise at one time. Kroncke and the GM is taking it right to the bottom of the ocean. The Nuggets are like the Titanic. the Nuggets are sinking to the bottom of the ocean and it wont be anytime soon that they will be risin to the top, Not with Kroncke and the present GM. I really feel for season ticket holders at this point.

  8. spursareold - Feb 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I don’t think it’s a matter of Denver not wanting to trade him. I think they’d give him away for expirings. I think no one really wants a fat, ball dominant 37 YO PG with another year on his deal.

  9. indrathegod - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    It’s amazing the decline of the Nuggets subsequent to Uriji and Karl departing. Who would’ve thought.

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