Portland Trail Blazers, Please Don't Trade Andre Miller

T.Contributor IJanuary 31, 2010

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After a 52-point performance against the Dallas Mavericks, is point guard Andre Miller still on the trading block for the Portland Trailblazers?

Though Portland and GM Kevin Pritchard have denied they plan on trading Miller, many of the trade rumors that involve Portland have centered around Andre Miller and him being on the move.

Now, many fans and experts around the league agree that in order to stay competitive in the Western Conference playoff race the Blazers need to make a trade for a big man in order to fill in for the loss of centers, Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla.

A few months ago, it made perfect sense to trade away Andre Miller.

The Blazers already had Jerryd Bayless and Steve Blake at the point and Miller was not quite fitting in the way that Rip City and Pritchard had imagined.

The Blazers have been cursed by the injury bug especially at the center position as they have been forced start the undersized 6'9" Juwan Howard at center.

So why not trade away Miller and get a big man or forward in return?

Andre Miller's had a great career so far and is one of those scrappy players that shows up every night.

Miller has carried the Philadelphia 76ers to the playoffs the last couple of seasons and is one of the most consistent players in the NBA, starting every game the last two seasons.

There would surely be plenty of suitors.

But recently, Miller has been carrying the Portland Trailblazers especially since the hamstring injury of All-Star Brandon Roy.

This recent stretch of play was capitalized last night by a career high performance of 52 points by Miller, 14 more points than he had ever scored in a game in career.

Simply put, Andre Miller wins games and enables a team to play their best basketball.

One of the biggest problems for Portland right now is staying healthy, Miller is a guy that coach Nate McMillan can count on to write in his starting five every night.

Although, reports have said Roy prefers playing with backup point Steve Blake, Miller's experience would be invaluable once it comes to the playoffs.

I like Steve Blake but last year in the playoff series against Houston, it seemed that the Blazers were definitely lacking at the point guard position.

Which I believe is one of the main reasons Portland signed Miller this offseason.

So far, the lack of big men doesn't seem to have hurt the Blazers and may even throw off teams in the playoffs if they are forced to guard three to four guards.

Maybe Greg Oden might even be back for the playoffs. Though I think this is unlikely.

So let's keep Andre Miller and with a healthy Brandon Roy, the Blazers could definitely surprise many naysayers and make a strong push towards the NBA finals.