The Washington Wizards are still searching for a backup point guard, and with the NBA Trade Deadline right around the corner, they don’t have much time left to find a suitable replacement. Washington is still reportedly high on Andre Miller, who has no interest in playing for the Denver Nuggets under head coach Brian Shaw.
Hearing Wiz still like Andre Miller. Would be great backup to Wall & needed locker room vet. C. Singleton & E. Maynor could be trade pieces.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) February 19, 2014
According to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, Eric Maynor and Chris Singleton could be the potential pieces included in a deal bringing Miller to the nation’s capital.
Washington signed Eric Maynor to a two-year deal this past offseason, the second year being a players option, and needless to say, the move hasn’t worked out for either party. Maynor has been one of the worst backup guards in the NBA, if not the worst, and the Wizards would probably be thrilled to trade him before the deadline. The Wizards would probably have to include cash in the deal, since Maynor does have the option of re-signing with Denver if he does end up being traded. The cash included in the deal would pay for the rest of Maynor’s salary.
Chris Singleton hasn’t contributed this season, since he’s playing behind Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. Singleton has an expiring contract and the Wizards opted not to pick up his option prior to the season. I still think he could be a decent role player in the league, but he’s shown little improvement since he’s been in Washington. The Wizards initially wanted him to become their starting small forward, but his inability to shoot from the outside has really stagnated his development.
Andre Miller would certainly be an upgrade at the backup point guard spot for the Wizards, but he does have two years left on his deal. Miller will turn 38 years old next month and I’m not sure how much he has left in the tank. He’s never really relied on athleticism, but his age is still concerning. John Wall hasn’t gotten much ball handling help this season, and Miller could provide some relief for him when Wall takes the occasional breather. Garrett Temple has been good defensively, but he’s still a liability on the offensive side of the floor. Miller would definitely provide some stability to Washington’s bench, at least from the guard spot.
The Wizards will almost certainly be making a small move before the deadline on Thursday and Miller could potentially land in Washington. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens.