The San Antonio Spurs' stable of point guards has received a boost, as veteran floor general Andre Miller agreed to sign on for the remainder of the regular season and vie for a shot at an elusive NBA title.
Guard Ray McCallum was waived to make room for Miller.
Bobby Marks of The Vertical broke down the financial ramifications of the Spurs' move:
The Spurs signing of Andre Miller will cost an extra $375k in tax. San Antonio will need to release a player to sign Miller.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 27, 2016
Miller—who's averaging 3.4 points and 2.2 assists—is hardly a flashy signing, but that's exactly why he's a perfect fit for the no-nonsense Spurs.
"I like earning the respect of my peers and the coaching staff and the GMs and the people around the league," Miller said before the season, per the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda. "I just want to be known as a guy who comes in, works hard, doesn’t take days off."
While his playing time with the Timberwolves was limited to 10.8 minutes per game over the course of 26 appearances prior to the buyout, Miller proved to be one of the league's more efficient passers when afforded the chance to run some point for a young Minnesota team.
According to NBA.com's player tracking, 11.6 percent of Miller's total passes have resulted in assists—a number consistent with those posted by Golden State Warriors dynamos Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
It's a small sample size, but Miller's passing proficiency remains his greatest asset, with blow-by speed a long-gone piece of his repertoire.
And with scorers like Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw and David West all capable of meshing with Miller in pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop actions, the 17-year veteran shouldn't take long to get acclimated to the team's system.
Aldridge, in particular, stands to benefit from Miller's addition after getting acquainted with the distributive savant's style back in Portland, as CSN Northwest's Jason Quick noted:
LaMarcus Aldridge's career spiked when Andre Miller came to Blazers and starting throwing him lobs. Bet he's one of biggest fans of signing— Jason Quick (@jwquick) February 27, 2016
Playing time may not always be easy to come by behind more explosive ball-handlers like Tony Parker and Patty Mills, but there's something to be said for adding a point guard who can offer peace of mind as a safety blanket.
Should either guard end up in foul trouble or get hurt at some point down the line, Miller should have no problem paying dividends.