The Wizards were involved in a three-team deal that lands them Denver Nuggets‘ Andre Miller. The three-team trade will send Jan Vesely to Denver and Eric Maynor to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers are also receiving two second round draft picks as part of the deal.
This last minute trade really worked out for Washington. Miller is currently averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time per game. Miller has spent a lot of time in the league and still has a consistent jump shot. He can also play the whole court. Picking him up will help Washington’s bench and hopefully push them to a higher playoff seed. Miller is a consistent backup for John Wall, so this deal will help the Wizards from losing momentum during games.
The best part about this trade is that Washington was able to trade away its worst players. Maynor has barely played in 2014 and Vesely was a waste of a draft pick. Both of these players limited the team’s rotation and potential.
Miller is going to earn $5 million this year and is only guaranteed $2 million next year. Washington lucked out in getting him at such a cheap price.
Due to an altercation with head coach Brian Shaw, Miller has not played a game since Jan. 2. He has been working out without the team and should instantly make contributions in Washington. Miller’s experience and skill-set will be a great addition for the Wizards.