What does Miller bring to the Wizards?

What does Miller bring to the Wizards?
February 21, 2014, 1:15 pm
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(David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Upon the news of the Wizards acquiring Andre Miller, we began the process of gauging what this move does for the roster and what to make of the veteran point guard. Therefore touching base with those who went through a similar process not so long seemed like a logical step.

Miller, who turns 38 next month, joined the Denver Nuggets for the start of the 2011-12 season. One of the NBA's all-time leaders in assists, he helped lead the George Karl coached squad to a 57-win last season and No. 3 seed in the playoffs while forming a solid backcourt with D.C. area native Ty Lawson. Now the question is what can Miller do to help the Wizards playoff push."Well, the optimist says he'll help the team," said Benjamin Hochman, columnist for the Denver Post who served as the Nuggets beat writer for several seasons including the 2012-13 campaign.

"The optimist says his veteran savvy - he's been in the league since [1999] - will help him be a nice compliment with John Wall. George Karl loves the guy. I respect George Karl and a lot of smart people in the league respect George Karl. George says [Miller is] one of the 10 best passers the league has ever seen. Clearly, Miller is not one of those guys who needs to get his shots up."

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On the other hand...

"A pessimist says he's a year older, turning 38 [in March]," Hochman continued during a phone and online interview with CSNwashington. "He hasn't played much this season, so there are still question marks about whether Andre Miller can be productive or not. That's up to the Washington Wizards staff to figure that out."

Miller played only 30 games with the Nuggets and none since Dec. 30 following a public spat with first-year head coach Brian Shaw. Denver changed course this past offseason with a new coach and general manager. The addition of guards Randy Foye and Nate Robinson followed. That led to fewer minutes for Miller. Shaw chose to sit the veteran altogether in Denver's Jan. 2 game against Philadelphia.

"[Miller]was frustrated that his minutes were going down," Hochman said. "He had a streak of consecutive games played end in a particular game when the coach didn't play him. When Miller realized he wasn't going to play in that game, he kind of lost his cool and starting barking at the coach during a game."

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"So the Nuggets made a decision and maybe not a popular one to basically say we'd rather just pay you and not have you around then be a bad influence on our young players. That's the decision they made and they tried to get something for him. They did, they got rid of his salary and got a chance to look at Jan [Vesely]."

Based on Miller's 14-plus seasons in the NBA, the outburst was surprising.