The Washington Wizards have found their backup point guard.
The Wizards have acquired guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Jan Vesely, who the Wizards drafted 6th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. To complete the deal, Washington also sent Eric Maynor and a second round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Washington has been looking for a backup point guard since their free agent signing of Eric Maynor failed miserably this season. Maynor has been one of the league’s worst backups and the Wizards were desperately looking to upgrade the position. The Wizards were reportedly interested in multiple guards including, Beno Udrih, Luke Ridnour, Jameer Nelson, but ultimately landed Andre Miller.
Jan Vesely obviously hasn’t panned out for the Wizards after getting drafted in the lottery a few years ago. Washington was hoping Vesely would become Johh Wall’s running mate, but he’s shown little-to-no improvement since he joined the Wizards. He’ll likely fit in well with Denver’s run and gun style of offense, but he’s still a liability with the ball in his hands and his free throw shooting has been atrocious, to say the least.
Overall, I really like this deal for the Wizards. Miller will be a significant upgrade over Garrett Temple and he’ll certainly provide some stability from the bench. John Wall is the only player on the roster capable of handling the ball and he’ll finally get some relief with Miller on the roster. Miller will turn 38 years old next month and he does have one more year left on his contract after the completion of this season.
Miller essentially refused to play for Brian Shaw in Denver after their relationship became damaged, but he’ll be welcomed in the Wizards locker room. Miller has played with Al Harrington and Nene in Denver, so that could help him adjust easily with the Wizards.
Washington will also have an open roster spot, so keep an eye on that. They were reportedly interested in free agent Roddy Beaubois, so that could be something.
Welcome to Washington, Andre Miller.