According to a Yahoo! Sports Report, the Golden State Warriors are interested in acquiring the maligned Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors are looking for a veteran backup point guard to facilitate the offense when Stephen Curry is not on the floor, something both Kent Bazemore and Toney Douglas have failed to accomplish this season. The question is, does Andre Miller fit with the current team’s plans?
Trade rumors began circulating after Miller yelled at Nuggets coach Brian Shaw from the bench over lack of playing time. Miller received his first “Did Not Play — Coach’s Decision” of his 15-year NBA career. While previously suspended by the team for two games, he has since been excused from team activities until Monday when he is allowed to return to the team.
Miller has averaged over 13 points a game and seven assists over his extended NBA run. Miller is posting career lows in minutes and points with Shaw choosing to take his team in a different direction and not relying heavily on Miller to lead the team’s offense.
A well-known veteran here in the Bay Area, Miller dropped 28 points against the Warriors in Game 1 of last year’s first round series, including the game-winner, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of fans. He hasn’t come near that scoring outburst since, averaging 13 points per game over the rest of the series against Golden State.
He also had his best shooting game of the season thus far for Denver against the Warriors a little over a week ago. Miller shot 6-for-8 from the floor, scoring 14 points and dishing out eight assists in the loss. He played a season-high 30 minutes in that ballgame and since then his playing time has been reduced significantly.
It seems Miller has some of his best games against the Warriors, thus leading the fans to view his play through rose-tinted glasses.
Coming off the bench won’t help either party. In his limited minutes this season, Miller has had some of the worst games statistically. He is a player who needs extended minutes to get going on the floor, something he won’t find in a Golden State uniform.
In 11 games where Miller played 16 minutes or less, he has had a negative +/- rating in eight contests including a -17 showing against upstart Phoenix on Nov. 8. His highest positive +/- rating in that same span? Seven, in which he shot and made one field-goal to go with four assists.
He’s not going to see a significant amount of minutes for the Warriors barring any injury from Curry, so the Warriors should not have any reason to trade for Miller. He’s not the answer this team is looking for when plenty of other options (Kyle Lowry) are out there for this team. He could be an insurance policy for a team lacking significant depth at the PG position, but he’s not worth the trouble of bringing someone in who is 37 years old and is concerned about playing time.
Undefeated on their current road trip with Iguodala hitting his second game-winning shot of the season last night against Atlanta, the Warriors appear to be in cruise control and finally coming together as a full squad with everybody healthy. Iguodala has called coach Mark Jackson a “player’s coach” and it appears to be the case with this team playing with incredible chemistry.
Does this team really want to add a role player who’s in the twilight of his career, has lost a step and is more concerned about himself than the needs of the team?
One DNP? One in his entire career thus far? He should be proud that he has lasted so long in the NBA, yet his first reaction is to berate his head coach for not playing him? The Warriors don’t need the headache.
The only positive to come out of a potential trade is the Warriors could use a trade exception and not give up much for Miller, knowing Denver might be in the market to send away the problem player. But acquiring a guy worried about his minutes coming to a team where his court time would be limited doesn’t add up to a successful relationship on the floor. Thanks, but we’ll pass.