Bleacher Report's Sean Highkin made light of the nickname bestowed upon the 39-year-old by Zach Lowe of ESPN.com:
Sean Highkin @highkin
Timberwolves have announced a buyout of Andre Miller. Apparently tenure doesn’t go very far for professors these days.2/25/2016, 10:17:35 PM
The move makes sense for both parties. Miller hasn't played much for Minnesota this year, making him all the more expendable. At this stage of his career, one cannot blame him for wanting to join a team a little closer to the playoff picture.
The Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski argued that the T-Wolves would be better off using his roster spot to address a different area of the floor, too:
Jon Krawczynski @APkrawczynski
Buying out Andre Miller opens a roster spot. Have to think Wolves would like to add a big to take a little pressure off of Towns/Dieng.2/25/2016, 6:56:14 PM
Since he only averaged 10.8 minutes a night on the floor for the Timberwolves this year, Miller's per-game stats leave a lot to be desired. His per-36-minutes numbers, though, illustrate how he remains a capable backup point guard, per Basketball-Reference.com:
|Andre Miller—Per-36 Stats (2015-16)|
While Miller won't provide much value on the defensive end, Minnesota was 6.7 points better offensively per 100 possessions with him on the floor, per NBA.com.
Miller famously scored 52 points against the Dallas Mavericks in 2010, but he has never been much of a scorer—even in his prime. His career-best scoring average is 17 points a game in 2007-08, and he's averaged 12.6 points a game over his 17-year career.
Still, he can be a productive presence off the bench for limited stretches.
In the playoffs with the Spurs, Miller will hope it goes a little better than his last trip to the postseason. In 11 playoff games for the Washington Wizards in 2013-14, he played a total of 108 minutes, scoring 44 points and dishing out nine assists.
Given his wealth of experience and relatively high level of performance considering his age, Miller should be a solid addition to the veteran Spurs.
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