The Wizards have told Andre Miller that he'll be retained via the $4.6 million option on his contract for the 2014-15 season, his agent Andy Miller confirmed to CSNwashington.com on Friday.
All along it appeared the Wizards would keep Miller, a 38-year-old who was acquired in a Feb. 20 trade with the Denver Nuggets. He was the perfect tutor for John Wall and has embraced his role as a mentor and came through in a first-round playoff series vs. the Chicago Bulls. Miller scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter in Game 1. The Wizards were able to erase a 13-point deficit and upset Chicago at home and eventually win the series 4-1.
"Yes. That's what I've been told," Andy Miller said via text message when specifically asked if the Wizards had assured him they'd be picking up his client's option.
Solidifying Miller's spot was made more imperative when the Wizards concluded that Tomas Satoransky, a 2012 second-round draft pick playing in Spain, would not join them for Las Vegas summer league and would stay abroad to play. Satoransky is 6-7 and would've been groomed as Wall's long-term backup.
Also, in Thursday's draft, Spencer Dinwiddie of Colorado was taken 38th by the Detroit Pistons, eight spots before the Wizards selected. Dinwiddie was the primary guard they were targeting had he dropped.
Miller could've been bought out for $2 million by the Wizards to clear a roster spot. Given that he's the only sure ball-handler on the roster other than Wall and Bradley Beal, the decision here is easy.
The free agency negotiating period opens July 1 but deals can't be signed. There's a moratorium until nine days later when the NBA has the complete audit of finances to set the new salary cap, which is expected to rise about $5 million to $63 million. Then contracts are official.