NBA Trade Rumors: Denver Nuggets may have to give away Andre Miller in trade

Dec 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) reacts after he was called for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 4, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) reacts after he was called for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets have been bitten by the injury bug worse than any other team in professional sports this year. Maybe it’s the thin air in Denver or maybe it’s just crummy luck, but either way the Nuggets are not having a good year health-wise.

Andre Miller has had a bad year for different reasons, as the guard has been deactivated since the beginning of January following an altercation with head coach Brian Shaw. The Nuggets have been trying to trade him ever since, but the team has not found a suitor. This has led Sean Deveney from The Sporting News to think that the Nuggets may have to lower their demands and essentially give Miller away at the deadline.

He is still a savvy point guard who could help a contender off the bench, but the teams initially interested in Miller—the Nets and Warriors among them—have already made moves for backup point men. The Nuggets may be reduced to essentially giving away Miller.

Miller hasn’t played since the altercation with Shaw and has reportedly refused offers to return to the Nuggets lineup. With the veteran pretty much protesting the Nuggets, it’s clear that he’s a virtual certainty to be moved, just likely not at the price the Nuggets would prefer.

Topics: Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets

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  • John

    If they did end up giving Andre away it would solidify my belief that the new front office and coaching staff are very poor replacements for Masai Ujiri and George Karl. Especially GK! He could make a silk purse from a sows ear, while Shaw keeps trying to shove that square peg into a round hole without a clue how to get a team that won 57 games last season to break 500.

    • Eric Jordan

      Are you kidding me? GK starting 5: Ty lawson Andre Iguadola danilo gallinari kenneth faried and the dude who’s in memphis now. To only be 3 games under .500 without gallinari, andre iguadola, andre miller, ty lawson for about 10 games now, javale mcgee, and nate robinson is pretty damn good. Shaw is a far superior coach and things will get turned around in Denver by next season, they need to make a few moves and get injured players back. GK was the master of let’s have a lot of fun and run but then lose every year in the first year of playoffs. Shaw brings that championship caliber of basketball.

      • Dan Barnett

        Good point Eric. Considering everyone the nuggets have lost this year.. I think it is fair to say for a first year coach, Brian Shaw is doing a good job. That guy traded to the Grizzlies was Kosta Koufos. Losing in the playoffs EVERY year in the first or second round is why the whole franchise has been turned upside down. Denver wants a championship caliber basketball team and these are just the fist steps in rebuilding the team to get to that point eventually.

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