Dec 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) drives the lane past Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford (11) and small forward Jared Dudley (9) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Nuggets do anything at the Trade Deadline?


The NBA Trading Deadline is only hours away (1:00 MST) and the question I have is….Will the Nuggets do anything to either improve their roster or maybe trade pieces that open up Salary Cap flexibility?  Let’s start with the obvious one, Andre Miller.  Miller has contended that since his suspension that he would never play for the Nuggets again.  This means that the Nuggets really only have 2 choices, trade him and get something in return, even if it is only an end of the bench player to make the salaries match, and a draft pick.  Or they will have to release him, eat the balance of this years salary until another team signs him, and get nothing for the veteran Point Guard.  The disturbing thing about the Andre Miller situation is that GM Tim Connelly has had nearly a month to find a trade partner and has not done anything with the disgruntled player.  It seems ludicrous to me that they would not use this asset to improve their current roster or allow for future flexibility in the off-season Free Agent market.  It is my opinion that the team will, in fact, trade Miller before 1:00 P.M. today as there are several teams in the League that could use a quality, veteran, backup point guard to aid in a playoff run.  Some teams that come to mind include the Minnesota Timberwolves who could part with lillipution point guard J.J. Barea in exchange for Miller, or maybe send him to the Knicks for a bag of balls and a coke machine.  The key is to get something for Miller before the deadline passes.  Other than Miller, there is very little on the Nuggets roster of interest to other teams in the League.  At least that are not currently injured and out for the season.  Kenneth Faried’s name comes up quite a bit on other Blog sites like Probasketballtalk but there has never been anything concrete that the Nuggets could embrace for the Energetic fan favorite.  The reason I think the Nuggets might deal Faried today is that he does not fit the “Mold” of what Head Coach Brian Shaw wants in a player.  He does not have a good outside shot for those “open looks” that Shaw keeps harping on and he makes his bones with energy and getting to the rim.  These characteristics fit George Karl’s sytem perfectly as Karl wanted to crash the rim at every opportunity.  Shaw has a completely different philosophy and the Nuggets may feel that if they can get something for Faried that more closely resembles a player that could run in Shaw’s system they would make that deal.  As has been discussed on talk radio and other mediums, the Nuggets roster does not have a single player that would be considered “untouchable” except maybe Ty Lawson.  So it wouldn’t surprise me if they made a deal that is somewhat out of the box, but don’t get your hopes up for anything major, Nuggets fans.  I think this is going to be a very quiet trading day for our Powder Blue Crew and we will go forth with the roster we have.  (Miller excluded).  Don’t forget to follow your Denver Nuggets on Twitter @Nugg_Love.

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