Denver Nuggets back-up and soon to be free agent point guard, Andre Miller has been publicly unhappy about his back-up role for some time and now says that he wants to play for a a legitimate title contender.
“I’ll keep my options open,” Miller said. “At this point in my career, if I’m going to be a backup, I’m going to be a backup on a championship-caliber team. Obviously, this team is a good team that’s going to get to the playoffs, but the thing is if they are committed to getting to that next level to compete for that championship.”
Miller had a terrific first round series against the Lakers, averaging 11.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 6 apg. It would be safe to assume that the Nuggets will attempt to retain his services heading into next season.
The problem for Denver is going to be their younger, developing core. It’s no doubt that the Nuggets will likely try and build with what they have and if you read between the lines with Miller, a “youth movement” seems to be the exact opposite of what he wants.
I would look for Miller to be wearing a different jersey next season.
“I want to be on a team that’s going to compete for a championship, and not use youth as a crutch or inexperience as a crutch,” Miller said. “This team does have guys that can compete and can get out of the first round. It’s just whether I can swallow my pride and deal with being a backup point guard. I have no problem with it, but at the same time I definitely still see myself as a starter in this league. Like I said, you have to swallow your pride sometimes. These young guys are coming in and they’re working for it. So, that’s just part of the business that I’m learning.”
Miller averaged 9.7 points per game and 6.7 assists per contest during the 2011-12 season. Those numbers are a touch below his career averages, but Miller only saw 27 minutes per game as the Nuggets backup point guard.
Perhaps a team like the Miami Heat or the New York Knicks will make a strong play for the veteran point guard in free agency.