Wake-up call: Wizards lean toward Andre Miller

Wake-up call: Wizards lean toward Andre Miller
June 9, 2014, 6:00 am
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The decision on whether or not to bring back Andre Miller probably will be an easy one for the Wizards, who have a team option on his $4.6 million for 2014-15. He can be bought out for about $2 million of that to clear the roster spot and make the 38-year-old a free agent.

The thinking is that's a steep number to pay for a team that can use a veteran such as Miller. A significant part of the reason Miller worked out, after he was acquired in a Feb. 20 trade, and Eric Maynor didn't was because he's OK with limited minutes behind John Wall.

Maynor, who signed as a free agent last summer though he never was the Wizards' first choice, wasn't able to get into sync and quickly lost confidence.

Miller is perfectly fine with his role and wants to be here, and he already has expressed that desire in exit interviews. He's content to mentor Wall and younger players and accepts that some nights he might not play more than 10 minutes in a game.

Plus, coach Randy Wittman hopes Wall adds a post-up game to his arsenal in the offseason which would mean keeping Miller around makes sense.

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There will be some younger alternatives to Miller on the market such as Ramon Sessions, D.J. Augustin, Mario Chalmers and Patty Mills, but even if they'd be interested in the Washington as a destination it's more of a question of their role. Players of their caliber ultimately want security in the form of longer-term deals, though winning a championship can mitigate that. They can only get that security by proving themselves with more playing time. 

With Miller, there aren't any questions.