NBA Trade Rumors: Denver Nuggets Should Move Unhappy Andre Miller

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2012

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Forget that Ty Lawson is the better player these days—the Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller doesn't think he should be coming off the bench at this point in his career.

How do I know?

Well, he came right out and said so—that's how. From Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports:

"At this point in my career, I don't see myself as a backup," Miller, who entered the NBA in 1999, said in an interview with "For 13 years, I wasn't a backup before. This is a short season (due to the lockout), so I'll deal with it. But I don't see myself as a backup at this point in my career. I don't see that."

Well, you could at least be a mentor to Lawson, right Andre?

"Ty, he's worked hard. He's had his mentor with Chauncey Billups," Miller said of the point guard who was dealt last February from Denver, which led to Lawson becoming the starter. "Why would they need me to come in and put in my two cents?"

You don't plan on re-signing with the Nuggets when you become a free agent this summer, do you Andre?

"Probably not," Miller said of re-signing with the Nuggets. "It depends on the situation. It's just something that you have to get used to. I don't want to get used to it. But if the situation says that I have to stay here for a couple of years, cool. But that's just something that I'd have to worry about later on."'

You know, Denver, there's a team out there that would probably be willing to make a trade for a one-year rental who could really use an improvement at point guard. A team that is shuffling Derek Fisher and Steve Blake out to run the point each night.

C'mon, Andre Miller to the LA Lakers makes so much sense it hurts. Why not get something for the guy that clearly doesn't want to be in the role he currently finds himself in, to the point he's already saying he probably won't re-sign with your team?

Cut your losses, Denver—you have your point guard in Ty Lawson, who is averaging a cool 16.4 points and 6.0 assists per game this year. Let Miller be free in Los Angeles, where he can have fun passing to Kobe Bryant all game long.


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