The Minnesota Timberwolves are stirring things up quite a bit leading up to the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline. While there are rumors that they are in discussions with the Memphis Grizzlies regarding a trade that would land Minnesota veterans Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince in exchange for J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger, there are also rumblings that the Wolves could be after another veteran presence leading up to the deadline.
According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Wolves have expressed interest in veteran point guard Andre Miller, who is currently under-contract with the Denver Nuggets. Miller has been a likely trade candidate for weeks now as he hasn’t played since Dec. 30 due to conflicts between him and the Nuggets coaching staff.
Adding a veteran presence like Miller would make sense for Minnesota, if the situation is right. Stein added in his report that the Timberwolves would likely only pursue a deal for Miller if they were able to unload Barea and free up minutes at the backup point guard position in the rotation.
Miller has had his issues this season regarding his professionalism and his role with Denver, but he’s been a productive leader in this league for quite a while now. For what is still a relatively young team in Minnesota that also happens to need a steady presence playing behind Ricky Rubio, Miller seems to be a perfect fit to come in and help lead what has been a shaky bench this season.
It seems that a move for Miller, whose asking price can’t be too high given his situation and the Nuggets’ lack of leverage, really only hinges upon dealing Barea in the next couple of days for the Wolves. There are other teams that could go after Miller with a need for point guard depth, but the Wolves have a need and could be major players for the services of the veteran.