The Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings are reportedly “intrigued” with the idea of adding veteran Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller via trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The 37-year-old Miller was suspended for two games due to conduct detrimental to the team following a verbal exchange with head coach Brian Shaw during Denver’s 114-102 home loss against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, according to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated.
Miller was saddled with a DNP-CD (did not play—coach’s decision) in that game, which was the first of his career. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Miller had compiled a streak of 239 consecutive games played, per Wojnarowski.
“There’s a time and place for everything,” Shaw said, according to The Denver Post's Christopher Dempsey. “In the middle of the arena in front of everyone…I just tried to calm it down.”
Although the falling out between player and coach was severe enough to lead to a suspension, it appears that Denver’s front office doesn’t intend to trade Miller unless absolutely necessary.
“For now, Denver management is determined to smooth over the acrimony between Miller and coach Brian Shaw, and plan on bringing back Miller on Monday for practice,” Wojnarowski wrote, citing league sources.
The Warriors and Kings, meanwhile, are both searching for backcourt depth.
Golden State needs insurance behind Stephen Curry now that Jarrett Jack is playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Dubs' second unit ranks last in the NBA in points per game (tied with the Washington Wizards), according to Hoops Stats.
Meanwhile, the Kings shipped out Greivis Vasquez to the Toronto Raptors in the Rudy Gay trade to embrace Isaiah Thomas as the full-time starter, but they now lack another true point guard on the roster.
Miller is no longer the player he once was, but he’s a savvy veteran with 52 career playoff games under his belt. He’s averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 19.0 minutes per game for the Nuggets this season.
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