Former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Andre Miller has expressed his displeasure with the Denver Nuggets over the fact that they are looking to move him. Miller would certainly be a mentor to Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams. However, he just wouldn’t help the Sixers any other way.
Miller’s history of clashing with teammates and coaches as well as his displeasure of playing for the Sixers makes it tough for the team to pull off deal. The Sixers are better at avoiding a trade for him. Plus, age has caught up to the 37-year-old Miller. His 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds is a far cry from the numbers he used to post. This is the same player who averaged 17 points, 6.9 assists and four rebounds during the 2007-2008 season with the Sixers.
Miller has been sitting out with a suspension due to a confrontation with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. While he is dealing with the frustration of coming off the Nuggets bench, he may not be good for chemistry on a Sixers team that’s rebuilding. His two-year, $5-million contract isn’t cap-friendly for the Sixers, who are looking to save as much cap space as possible given that they hope to attract high-profile free agents like LeBron James in the summer.
The Sixers would have difficulty in giving him sufficient minutes as Carter-Williams’ backp. Miller also opted to bolt Philadelphia for the Portland Trail Blazers during the summer of 2009. He’s ninth in the league’s all-time assist list and seldom misses a game. This contract may be Miller’s last given his age. Even if they traded for Miller, Philadelphia would have to part with a younger asset.