NBA Trade Deadline: 5 Teams That Need Andre Miller
5 Teams That Need Andre Miller
Andre Miller hasn't been the player he used to be throughout his career and the future doesn’t look very bright for the 15-year veteran.
The floor general is currently out of the Denver Nuggets' rotation, and after being suspended for two games during January for detrimental conduct to the team – yelling to head coach Brian Shaw for being a healthy scratch – he has never taken part of a game for the Nuggets again. Despite the many injuries the team has right now, Miller doesn’t appear to be in Shaw’s plans and it seems like a trade is the inevitable thing to happen.
There are several teams that could use his experience and skill set down the stretch.
The veteran PG is set to earn $5 million this season, but he has only $2 million guaranteed for the 2014-15 season, so his contract is quite friendly. Money aside, Miller brings a very interesting skill set. Since he has plenty of experience, he can be a leader in the locker room and he has enough talent to still make an impact for any team that decides to incorporate him into the roster.
While Miller doesn’t have enough in the tank to be an everyday starter, he can step up effectively from time to time and he can be the leader of a second unit, just like he was doing it with the Nuggets before being suspended. He can be a good addition for either a rebuilding or a contending team and there is a huge market expected for him as the trade deadline approaches quickly.
Without further ado, read on to find the five teams that could use him the most down the final months of the regular season.
5. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have reportedly made different offers to land Andre Miller and while many experts aren’t really sure about the reasoning behind that move, the truth is that he could solidify the bench while also adding some much needed veteran leadership and defense at the point. Miller won’t turn things around in Sacramento, but he would definitely improve the roster.
4. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks have been playing much better as of late, but it’s no secret that this team needs all the help they can get to make a late run at a low playoff seed. The PG tandem of Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton hasn’t worked as expected and adding Miller would give the team a great veteran option that could either start or come off the bench if needed.
3. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers need an upgrade at the point guard role in their bench and Miller appears to be a perfect fit. The veteran has enough experience in the postseason to be an effective leader in a franchise that is poised to make a deep playoff run and he would be a great addition.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have their franchise PG in Ricky Rubio, but the bench is a whole different story.
J.J. Barea is better suited for a SG role and since Alexey Shved isn’t what head coach Rick Adelman needs, Miller could easily be an upgrade over both players with his elite passing skills, experience and veteran leadership. He would be a great addition in a Minnesota locker room desperate for some experienced guidance, as they will look to make a late postseason push.
1. Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors thrived last season with players like Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry on their bench, and while the addition of Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks was a step in the right direction, what this team needs is a veteran that can slow things down and manage the offense while also putting up points and assists on the board. It seems like the perfect scenario for the veteran.