Updates from Thursday, Feb. 20
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the latest on Andre Miller:
Denver, Washington talks serious on sending Andre Miller to the Wizards for Eric Maynor and Jan Vesely, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Later in the afternoon Wojnarowski reported that the deal had been made:
Washington will get Andre Miller, Denver gets Vesley and Philadelphia gets Maynor and two second-round picks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
David Aldridge of NBA.com added more details:
Wizards will give Philly a second-round pick next year. Denver will give Philly the other second-rounder in 2016, per source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 20, 2014
Updates from Monday, Feb. 17
ESPN's Marc Stein provides the latest update on Denver's attempt to trade guard Andre Miller:
Hearing Minnesota among teams expressing interest in trading for Denver's Andre Miller ... provided JJ Barea moves elsewhere before deadline— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2014
According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets have increased trade talks surrounding the veteran guard:
As Denver Nuggets management accelerates trade discussions, guard Andre Miller has possibly played his final game for the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After a two-game suspension turned into an indefinite exile on Monday, the Nuggets are motivated to move Miller within the next 24 to 48 hours, league sources said. It has become clear to rival executives that Denver is moving quickly on engineering trade scenarios and completing a deal.
Where will Andre Miller end up?
The Sacramento Kings, a rebuilding squad under new management that hasn't been shy about working the trade market this season, are "at the forefront" of teams attempting to acquire the California native, per Wojnarowski.
Kings fans won't be thrilled about the idea of burgeoning young point guard Isaiah Thomas losing any minutes. But as Wojnarowksi states, the team is interested in Miller, who is averaging a career-low 19.0 minutes per contest, for a mentor role for "The Pizza Guy."
And if Sac-Town could land Miller in that particular role, Rotoworld's Aaron Bruski notes the potential importance:
Keep in mind that Andre Miller doesn’t want to be anybody’s backup, but if SAC could convince him to embrace a mentor role for IT - Huge.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) January 6, 2014
Stephen Curry is in the midst of another career year, but the Warriors, who lost Jarrett Jack in the offseason, could benefit from having a veteran backup point guard.
According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, the New York Knicks, who have been riddled with injuries and inconsistency at the point-guard position, are not in the running for Miller:
I'm hearing the Knicks are not in the running for Andre Miller. No word yet on Nene, Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rocky, the Nuggets mascot.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) January 6, 2014
Per hoopshype.com, Miller is owed $5 million this season and will make $4.625 million in 2014-15. Combine that reasonable contract with his versatility at both guard positions and experienced playmaking ability, and it wouldn't be surprising to see a team jump at the chance to acquire the veteran very soon.