Last year, Washington Wizards’ point guard John Wall took his game to another level.
The former number one overall pick became a legitimate All-Star and led the Wizards back to the postseason where they eliminated the Chicago Bulls in five games before falling to the Indiana Pacers in six.
Behind Wall it was a mess. The Wizards signed Eric Maynor to back up Wall, but he was a disaster and they eventually traded for Denver Nuggets’ veteran point guard Andre Miller.
According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the Wizards are expected to retain Miller.
If the Wizards let Sunday’s deadline pass without requesting waivers, the team will guarantee his contract for $4.6 million next season. A league source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said the Wizards are “leaning in that direction.”
The Wizards acquired Miller from the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 20 in a trade-deadline deal for failed former lottery pick Jan Vesely. In 28 games in Washington, the 38-year-old Miller averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 assists and emerged as a deliberate and steady backup for all-star John Wall. Miller advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in his career, averaging four points and 0.8 assists in 11 games against Chicago and Indiana.
Miller, 38, ranks ninth all-time in career assists and stated that he would like to finish his career in Washington.
The Wizards could buy Miller out for $2 million.
Miller averaged 4.9 points, 3.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 45.9% from the floor, 52.4% from beyond the arc and 77.9% from the charity stripe for both the Wizards and Nuggets last season.