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Andre Miller traded to Wizards, who surrender Jan Veseley (to Nuggets) and Eric Maynor (to 76ers)

Feb 20, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

For any teams passively waiting an Andre Miller buyout, tough luck.

The Wizards swiped in to grab him before he could hit free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: has now confirmed this trade.

The Wizards remain all in for the 2014 playoffs, and this should help that cause. They desperately needed to upgrade their backup point guard spot. Washington has a net rating of –11.7 when John Wall sits, and Miller should stop the bleeding.

After the season, the Wizards can buy out Miller for $2 million, which is less than Maynor’s 2014-15 player option ($2,106,720). So, the deal clears future flexibility too, though relinquishing two second rounders is a decent cost for a player who probably would have been bought out if not traded today. Then again, what were the chances Miller would have signed with the Wizards? To upgraded, they needed to act, and they did.

The Nuggets unloaded a malcontent for pretty great value. Vesely, in his third year, is an extreme longshot to ever live up to his draft status (No. 6 overall in 2011). He just hasn’t figured out how to play at this level. But he’s athletic enough to still possess a reasonably high upside. Denver can take a stab at developing for half a season and then go from there when Veseley becomes a free agent this summer. That definitely beats paying Miller to go away.

The 76ers’ plan is transparent. In exchange for accepting Maynor, they got two draft choices for their trouble. Sam Hinkie, at this stage in the rebuilding process, is all about acquiring assets. Philadelphia is loading up on picks to either acquire young players for more tanking or parlay them into something. Not a bad plan.

Really, all three teams come out ahead toward their objectives – though the 76ers and Nuggets were aided by the mediocre Wizards being as desperate to win now as a contending team.

Update: Maybe the Wizards fared a little better and the Nuggets a little worse than originally reported:

If the Wizards traded only one second rounder, they certainly look less desperate to win this season. One second rounder is right in line with Miller’s value.

The Nuggets go from having it all in this trade to sacrificing a pick to save money and gain a little flexibility. That’s not necessarily a bad move on their part, but the deal can no longer be viewed as a total win for them.

  1. barkley4life - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    These 2nd round picks will add up and may help them land back end of the first round picks from contending teams that either don’t want to pay money to a rookie or don’t want to be over the salary cap. Maynor contract can either be bought out or helps them get the mininum salary floor. I am liking what Hinkie is doing so far….however lets face it…it will all come down to ping pong night during the Finals.

  2. tonydelk - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Real nice pickup for the Wizards. Miller will be a solid mentor for John Wall during this playoff push. Also it is time for Veesly to go somewhere else to see if he was just in the wrong situation because he had a decent amount of hype coming into the NBA. But he shouldn’t bring that girlfriend of his to Denver. Gallinari is a lady killer!!!!

  3. no14mike - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I’m seeing mixed reports as to who’s 2nd round picks are being traded…

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    I can’t put my finger on what’s wrong with the Wiz lately since they seem to have every position filled with solid players in a weak east. A veteran PG would definitely help.

  5. rockthered1286 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Like the Miller acquisition, and I also like the major cap space they will have going into next year too. Now if only they could get NeNe to stop taking deep 2’s whenever he gets ball outside of the paint, we may be onto something here!

  6. sumkat - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Not a bad trade for either team. Wizards got something they need, Denver got rid of a guy that didn’t want to be there, Philly got 2 picks to facilitate.

    To me, Philly is the clear winner. 2 picks for paying Maynor the rest of the season

    The others will depends on who the picks wind up coming from. If both are coming from the Wiz, I’d say the Nuggets made out better. Getting rid of a guy who wanted out, and picking up a guy who still has potential. If one comes from each, it’s much more a gray area

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