With Valentine's Day recently passed, apparently love is still in the air. The Denver Nuggets and disgruntled point guard Andre Miller are working to kiss and make up after a confrontation between head coach Brian Shaw and the 15-year veteran back on Dec. 30.
UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 17 at 10:02 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
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
Miller could certainly help the Wolves, and it's not hard to see him finishing games ahead of Ricky Rubio, whose inability to shoot the ball allows defenses to cheat off him.
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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
Rumors of a mends are apparently exaggerated. According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, Miller has no interest in returning to Denver:
Embattled point guard Andre Miller has no desire to return to the Denver Nuggets, a source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday.
The Nuggets were reportedly attempting to bring back the veteran but the relationship is beyond repair, according to the source.
Spears also says that Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw has no interest in bringing Miller back, meaning there's a chance he's moved by the Feb. 20 trade deadline.
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The point guard ripped Shaw following a loss to the 76ers, which was the team's eighth consecutive loss.
"There's a time and place for everything," Shaw said, according to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. "In the middle of the arena in front of everyone ... I just tried to calm it down."
Asked if Miller understood the reasons for his one-game seat on the bench, Shaw said, "You'll have to ask him."
According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Nuggets have recently brought Miller back in the fold for a workout, with thoughts of eventually having him return to the team.
Facing a difficult trade market and a glaring hole at the point guard position, Nuggets officials worked out the banished Andre Miller this week in New Orleans and are considering bringing him back, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Despite its attempts to trade Miller, Denver hasn't found any takers. Beyond that, the team needs a quality backup point guard, which the veteran has proven he can be.
The difficult prospect of smoothing things over between Miller and Shaw has become a possibility given the Nuggets' lack of point guard depth and trade deadline conditions that one executive described on Saturday as "a very difficult market." Even though Miller's $4.6 million salary for next season is fully non-guaranteed, it has still been difficult for Denver to find a team willing to give up assets to take on what's left of his $5 million salary for this year.
Since returning to Denver three years ago—Miller also played in the Mile High City for a few seasons in the mid-2000s—the veteran has been one of the league's premier backup point guards. He's averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game during his second stint with the Nuggets.
With Nate Robinson, who's not much of a distributor to begin with, out for the remainder of the season, and starter Ty Lawson banged up with a fractured rib, the Nuggets are in serious need of someone to fill the void left in Miller's absence.
However, it takes two to tango. Apparently Miller's having none of it, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
"The vibe is delusional," the source said. "It's a burned bridge. No reconciliation. He's waiting by the door with his bag already packed. The relationship is irreparable. Under no circumstances does he want to come back to Denver.
"Andre hasn't spoken about the situation. He's being quiet out of goodwill."
So while the Nuggets may have been in a loving mood following Valentine's Day, the feeling clearly isn't mutual.
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