The Wizards have only five players with fully guaranteed salaries for next season. One of the many players in question, Andre Miller has a partially guaranteed salary. His current guaranteed 2014-15 salary is $2 million and it will increase to $4.65 million if he is not waived on or before June 28.
Veteran Miller has been rumored to want to stay in Washington. “The business side always throws you a loop. Hopefully they can figure out how to keep a nice good core group of guys together,” Miller said back in May. Washington has not yet tipped their hand.
However, CSNWashington’s beat reporter J. Michael thinks the match makes sense.
With Wall playing an incredible amount of minutes early in the season, mostly due to the poor play from Eric Maynor, the trade for Miller was a necessity. Wall finished the season with 36.3 minutes per game, the highest average since his rookie year.
Miller’s comfort in the reserve role made him essential, J. Michael points out. While Maynor’s deficiencies may have been due to his inability to get in rhythm with sparing minutes, Miller had no problem coming off the bench and making an impact.
While Miller can’t compare to Wall’s scoring abilities, Miller can distribute the ball just as well as anyone, and so with a handful of good shooters like Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza, the fallout from the starter to the backup with Miller as opposed to Maynor was significantly less.
The Wizards roster is largely in flux and so they would do well to stabilize by keeping Miller around.