With recent news of Andre Miller and his falling out with the Denver Nuggets as well as the organization’s public shopping of Miller, speculations of a looming trade are swirling around the NBA. Would a trade for Miller be just the thing that could propel the San Antonio Spurs into another playoff run in 2014?
The Spurs do not seem to be on the current list of options to add Miller so the thought of the trade is strictly hypothetical for now, but stranger things have happened. The crafty floor general would be a great addition to the experienced Spurs group for a few reasons.
The main reason Miller would be brought into the Spurs’ locker room would be to provide quality relief minutes for Tony Parker, preferably in the playoffs. Fans saw a fatigued Parker expending enormous amounts of energy in the Spurs’ deep playoff run last season which some believe may have caused the loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. With the 14-year veteran backing up Parker and the addition of Marco Belinelli, the backcourt for the Spurs could very well handle the high-paced attack that may be seen from Eastern Conference opponents in the Finals.
Miller would also bring the ability to create his own shot as well as scoring opportunities for others which backup guards Corey Joseph, Nando de Colo and Patty Mills struggle to do consistently for the Spurs. The perfect scenario for Gregg Popovich would be to use Miller sporadically for the latter half of the regular season and possibly play both Miller and Parker in the backcourt at integral moments for assured decision-making.
With the trade deadline approaching next month and a salary cap that wouldn’t allow for much movement anyway, Spurs nation is most likely witnessing the lineup that will march into another playoff push this season.