NBA Rumors: Teams That Could Upgrade at PG with Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIJanuary 14, 2012

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The Denver Nuggets are off to an 8-4 start this season in their first year without small forward Carmelo Anthony. Most of their success can be contributed to the play of point guard Ty Lawson, who took over for Chauncey Billups and has found a lot of success.

While the Nuggets are certainly excited about their good start, not everyone on the team is exactly satisfied with what is going on.

Veteran point guard Andre Miller—who figured he would come in as the starter—isn't pleased with his spot on the bench. According to Kurt Helin of, he is apparently looking to be traded to somewhere he could start.

In 12 games this season, Miller is averaging 9.8 PPG and 6.2 assists. Those are pretty good numbers for a back up, and he could add a lot to any team he joins.

One problem.

Not that many teams are looking to add a starting point guard.

If the Nuggets are interested in trading Miller, and he is serious about his frustrations, these teams would be wise to make a move for the 14-year veteran:


Los Angeles Lakers

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With backup point guard Steve Blake going down with an injury and potentially missing up to a month, the Lakers would be wise to make a move for a player like Miller.

The team has veteran point guard in Derek Fisher, but the addition of Miller would give Kobe Bryant a second scoring option.

It would remain to be seen if he would become the full time starter, or if the Lakers would even potentially move Fisher in such a trade.

While the Lakers are playing well as of late, they still need to make improvements all around the team. Miller would be a great upgrade, but it likely would come with the team restructuring some pieces that have been a fixture for many years.


New York Knicks

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The play of both Landry Fields and Iman Shumpert has been impressive this season, but the Knicks could benefit from upgrading with a player like Miller.

The team would be able to expand on their threats in the offensive game, while Miller could also help spread the floor for both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire.

Their is some depth on this team at point guard, but players like Mike Bibby and Baron Davis are more than expendable; they are useless.

The Knicks have a lot of competition in the Eastern Conference, but the addition of Miller would put them one step closer to the rest of their competition.


Orlando Magic

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He may not be the greatest player to add to try and help convince Dwight Howard to stay, but Miller could be a guy that plays in front of either Jason Richardson or Jameer Nelson to help this team elevate to the next level.

They truly need another scoring option, as Ryan Anderson has been the second best scorer with 17.2 PPG. Not taking anything away from him, but the team could greatly benefit from adding a point guard who can score.

Nelson is only averaging 7.9 PPG and 5.4 assists, which is worse than what Miller is currently doing as a back up in Denver.

The Magic need to make some moves in order to try and sway Howard to stick with the franchise long term. Adding a player that can take some of the scoring weight off of his shoulders is one way to get things started.