With the NBA trade deadline approaching, many teams and players have been involved in rumors around the league. The Washington Wizards have been rumored to have interest in Andre Miller, the third string point guard for the Denver Nuggets who would help upgrade the backup point guard position for Washington.
There are two questions that Washington should evaluate before going after Miller — Firstly, will trading for Miller make a big enough difference in Washington come playoff time? And secondly, should strengthening the backup point guard position be a top priority for the Wizards?
You can answer both questions with one word — no.
Trading for Miller will not make a big enough difference for the Wizards. Finding a backup guard should not be a top priority for Washington, especially if it is Miller. He is currently averaging 20 minutes of playing time and 5.9 PTs, 3.3 ASTs and 2.4 REBs per game. Though he provides a lot of league experience, the negatives out weigh the positives. He is almost 38 years old and provides very little playoff experience to the team. Miller has been to the playoffs nine years out of his 14 year career and has never lasted past the first round. Washington’s top priority should not be for an aged backup point guard.
Currently, Washington’s second string point guard is Garrett Temple, and their third string is Eric Maynor, who is having his worst season ever. Washington should send Maynor into the D-League, as he needs a lot of improvement. Maynor’s poor performance this year is a strong reason why the Wizards feel the need to upgrade John Wall‘s backups.
Temple only has three years of professional experiences, but he has a lot of potential to develop into a strong backup for Washington. He is a tremendous defender that contributes constantly on the defensive end every game. On the other hand, he does need to develop his offensive skill set, but he can do that in Washington. Temple is a good enough reason and a good enough player for the Wizards not to pursue a trade with Denver for Miller.
The trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 20. The Wizards currently need more help at the forward position, which is why they should make upgrading their front court their top priority before the deadline.