I don’t like being too hard on a player. Most of the time the criticism a player takes is extremely exaggerated based on a variety of situations. But you can’t really be too hard on Andre Miller, especially after his lackluster performance in the Denver Nuggets first round exit against the Golden State Warriors.
Miller couldn’t stay in front of anyone on the floor. Honestly, I’m not sure if he could stay in front of me. Next year he’s going to be older and even slower. At this point, all he’s really worth is a few post ups. But for the most part, his calling card: his offense, stalls the Nuggets half court game and gets the team no where. Miller-isos are the third worst play to watch in the NBA, trailing only Josh Smith long-2s and the “Kendrick-Perkins-is-in-the-game” play.
But for some reason George Karl loves Andre Miller. And that love really is unconditional. For all of the great things Karl did this regular season, his biggest failure was handing the keys to Miller in late game situations in the playoffs. If Miller remains a Nugget next year, you can guarantee that Karl will blindly play him again in the same situations.
So how can Masai Ujiri stop this chaos? By getting rid of the 37-year-old point guard.
What’s his trade worth? To a sensible general manger, it’s as low as low can get. But to a general manager who thinks Miller will bring veteran leadership as a back up point guard, he has some value. Teams will always be willing to overpay for veteran back up point guards. “Overpaying” for Miller at this point probably means a second round pick. If the Nuggets can sneak a second rounder for Miller, then that’s a win.
Or you could sever ties via waiver, which would be a great relief and excellent way to part ways for a Nuggets fan base who practically despises Miller’s every move. There are plenty of back up point guards, who could fill Denver’s need, available this summer via free agent. Here’s the list:
Unrestricted: Devin Harris, CJ Watson, Nate Robinson, Shaun Livingston, Will Bynum, Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, D.J Augstin, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul (welp!), Jerryd Bayless, Keyon Dooling, Derek Fisher (lol), Beno Udrih, Royal Ivey, Nolan Smith, Sebastian Telfair, Jamaal Tinsley (Andre Miller v. 2), Earl Watson, Mo Williams
Restricted: Toney Douglas, Eric Maynor, Charles Jenkins, Pablo Prigioni, Brandon Jennings, Darius Morris, Ben Hansbrough, Rodrique Beaubois, Darren Collison, Jeff Teague
There’s a lot of intriguing players in that list. One of the most intriguing to me is Jose Calderon. Calderon is an excellent shooter and plays well in the pick and roll. He won’t be asking nearly as much as his current contract and could fit well in Denver if he accepted a role as a back up. He adds outside shooting and could play next to Lawson in the two-point-guard set that George Karl seems to like.
No matter what, getting rid of Andre Miller needs to be of the highest importance.
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