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Posted May 13, 2012 - 10:31 AM

Andre Miller Will Keep Free Agency Options Open

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By Christopher Dempsey
The Denver Post

LOS ANGELES — Andre Miller didn't ask to be thrust into the situation he found himself in for the first time in his career, coming off the bench. So yes, it took time to get used to. And yes, he eventually did, reluctantly.

But, maybe, just maybe, he'll agree to an encore with the Nuggets.

Now that the season has ended, Miller is one of three free agents the Nuggets have to make decisions on this summer, the first normal NBA calendar since 2010. It's likely the Nuggets will attempt to bring him back after his at-times spectacular playoff series against the Lakers. Miller is the only unrestricted free agent on the roster, so the decision to stay or leave is solely his.

"I'll keep my options open," Miller said. "At this point in my career, if I'm going to be a backup, I'm going to be a backup on a championship-caliber team. Obviously, this team is a good team that's going to get to the playoffs, but the thing is if they are committed to getting to that next level to compete for that championship."

Miller teamed with point guard Ty Lawson to give the Nuggets a double-headed attack in this series, which most often was their most effective lineup. That pairing was on the floor when the Nuggets rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter Saturday night to take the lead early in the fourth period.

Miller struggled throughout the game with his shooting, finishing with three points, but he had eight assists and 11 rebounds.

The Nuggets acquired Miller on draft night last season, a deal with Portland that sent Raymond Felton to the Blazers. While he played the fewest minutes of any season in his career (1,809), he still posted 6.7 assists per contest, only slightly under his career average of 7.2 and second-highest average since the 2006-07 season.

"I want to be on a team that's going to compete for a championship, and not use youth as a crutch or inexperience as a crutch," Miller said. "This team does have guys that can compete and can get out of the first round. It's just whether I can swallow my pride and deal with being a backup point guard. I have no problem with it, but at the same time I definitely still see myself as a starter in this league. Like I said, you have to swallow your pride sometimes. These young guys are coming in and they're working for it. So, that's just part of the business that I'm learning."

Meanwhile, center JaVale McGee and swingman Rudy Fernandez are restricted free agents. McGee made a name for himself during the series against the Lakers with a couple of huge games that raised his profile nationally and his value right along with it, though with such a small sample size since being traded to the Nuggets in March it's unknown how much McGee's value actually is.

He's been largely noncommittal about his desire to return, but the Nuggets can match any offer, giving them a leg up. McGee called the Nuggets "definitely a great organization," but said his agent would handle everything else.

Fernandez, whose season ended with back surgery, expressed a desire to return, but also said he'd savor his first chance to be a free agent.

"My time here was perfect," said Fernandez before leaving for Spain, where he is continuing to rehab. "I'm so happy to be a part of this community and this team. I think I have a very good relationship with the coach. The dynamic from basketball to play, I think it's perfect for me, to run to play hard. When I was healthy and feeling good, I think I'm a good player for this team and I help this team win.

"If they offer a contract, I'll listen to stay here and play with the Nuggets."

As it stands now, the Nuggets have a little over $51 million committed to contracts for next season, meaning they are in good standing in a salary cap that could go up from the $58.044 million cap this season.

Lawson is the wild card. He has one year left on his rookie contract, paying him $2.5 million next season. The Nuggets regard him as their franchise point guard and could look to sign him to a multi-year contract sooner rather than later.

Miller has been good for Lawson all season, but he admitted to struggling right off the bat even though he had been told what his new role would be.

"I think the struggling part was kind of the mental thing," Miller said. "I was prepared for it, but I think mentally I didn't want to accept it. So it took a little bit of time at first to get adjusted to it.

"You have to come out a little sharper off the bench. I have a whole new respect for guys that have to come off the bench and compete at that level. You have to come in ready, you have to come in clicking, and that's kind of what I tried to do, tried to keep everybody involved and not worry about my individual statistics. I think team-wise off the bench, our togetherness showed by being one of the best benches in the NBA."


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Posted May 13, 2012 - 10:38 AM

wanted him on lakers for years, still can ball enough to be a great 3rd string pg on this team

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Posted May 13, 2012 - 11:07 AM

How old is he now and how many years does he have left more or less before he's too ineffective and needs to retire?

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Posted May 13, 2012 - 12:47 PM

wanted him on lakers for years, still can ball enough to be a great 3rd string pg on this team

He would be a first string pg on this team
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:00 PM

Andre Miller and Nuggets Agree To A 3-Year Deal

Nuggets agree to re-sign guard Andre Miller to a three-year deal, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.


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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:04 PM

So after all the fuss he made last year he's gonna return to backup Ty Lawson. Hes gonna ask to be traded mid way through next year when he realizes this Nuggets team is gonna be barely in the playoff picture

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:04 PM

He brings a strong veteran presence. I'm not all that surprised.

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:05 PM

So after all the fuss he made last year he's gonna return to backup Ty Lawson. Hes gonna ask to be traded mid way through next year when he realizes this Nuggets team is gonna be barely in the playoff picture


I hate teams like the Nuggets their never gonna go anywhere and they have no future their just a waste

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:07 PM

I hate teams like the Nuggets their never gonna go anywhere and they have no future their just a waste


I wouldn't call em that. They've been to the playoffs 9 straight years only Dallas and San Antonio the only teams to do that. Ironically George Karl has been the coach during that tenure. I like Karl but he doesn't seem like he can get them to the next level, theyve had so many great players there over the years, Camby DPOY, AI, Andre Miller in his prime, Billups an All star there, Carmelo, JR smith giving you 20 a night off the bench. They just dont play enough defense and cant seem to get out 1st round

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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:09 PM

I wouldn't call em that. They've been to the playoffs 9 straight years only Dallas and San Antonio the only teams to do that. Ironically George Karl has been the coach during that tenue. I like Karl but he doesn't seem like he can get them to the next level, theyve had so many great players there over the years, Camby DPOY, AI, Andre Miller in his prime, Billups an All star there, Carmelo, JR smith giving you 20 a night off the bench. They just dont play enough defense and cant seem to get out 1st round


Nah their in the worst possible place you can be as a team their not contenders and their not bad enough to build in the draft, their wasting their time. At best it's a 2nd round exit for this team.

And I'm talking about this current Nuggets team not when they had Camby, Melo, Billups, and all these other guys

Edited by NYCLakerfan, July 01, 2012 - 08:10 PM.


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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:11 PM

Nah their in the worst possible place you can be as a team their not contenders and their not bad enough to build in the draft, their wasting their time. At best it's a 2nd round exit for this team.


that seems like the fate for most of the West teams. Since 1996 only 5 Franchises have been to the NBA Finals

Seattle/OKC
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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:14 PM

that seems like the fate for most of the West teams. Since 1996 only 5 Franchises have been to the NBA Finals

Seattle/OKC
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Spurs
Jazz
Mavs


The Suns were still contenders even though they didn't make it to the finals, and Denver was a contender back in 09 even though they didn't make it to the finals. But this Denver team is not gonna make the finals or even contenders.

Edited by NYCLakerfan, July 01, 2012 - 08:21 PM.


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Posted July 01, 2012 - 08:20 PM

I agree with NYC. Being middle of the pack is no good for many team in the NBA. The Nuggets don't have a young prospect to groom into an NBA superstar like they had with Carmelo Anthony. They're too good to be a lottery team but not good enough to contend for a championship. A team full of solid players but no superstar is a great concept, but it just doesn't get the job done in the postseason. You need that superstar player to carry that team or at least have personnel capable of playing at a superstar level when needed be (like the Pistons in '04). The Nuggets have neither.




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