The Washington Wizards came up to the NBA Trade Deadline with the clear intent to land a backup point guard to sure up their bench behind John Wall. The Denver Nuggets came into the deadline looking to deal veteran point guard Andre Miller, who hasn’t played in many weeks after clashing with the coaching staff. It seemed like a match made in Trade Deadline heaven between the two.
Indeed it was a match. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Wizards, Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a three-team trade that will send Miller to Washington, forward Jan Vesely to the Nuggets, which the Sixers get point guard Eric Maynor and two second-round picks.
For the Sixers, this trade gives them four second-round picks acquired on Thursday alone with a couple of hours remaining before the 3 p.m. deadline. The intentions of building for the future of 76ers GM Sam Hinkie are pretty clear with the way he’s compiling picks at the Trade Deadline.
As for the Nuggets, Vesely is a piece that has potential, but more serves as a means to get some kind of value for Miller. Having Vesely, whether he contributes a great deal or not, is better than having a backup point guard that isn’t suiting up.
For the Wizards, though, acquiring Miller is huge. Not only are the getting a savvy veteran that can lead a bench unit and keep things steady with Wall off of the floor, but they’re also getting a veteran leader that can help lead a relatively young team towards their likely playoff push and in the postseason as well.
This is one of the biggest deals to go down thus far on Deadline Day with Miller being moved and the Wizards have to be thanking their stars that they got it done. With Miller now on the roster, this team could reach a new level as they’ve already been streaking as late.