Despite having the option to buy out his contract and pay him about half of his salary, the Washington Wizards have decided to pick up Andre Miller‘s option which is worth nearly $5 million dollars.
According to CSN Washington, Andre Miller has been notified that he will be back in a Wizards uniform next season.
The Wizards have told Andre Miller that he’ll be retained via the $4.6 million option on his contract for the 2014-15 season, his agent Andy Miller confirmed to CSNwashington.com on Friday.
The 38-year old point guard was acquired in a trade-deadline deal involving Jan Vesely, who the team picked sixth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and Eric Maynor, who received the bi-annual exception from the Wizards last summer. Maynor struggled mightily in Washington, and it was clear that the team needed to acquire a competent backup guard behind John Wall. Andre Miller was that guy.
Although Andre Miller didn’t put up spectacular numbers–averaging just under 4 points and 4 assists in the nation’s capital–he did provide the stability Washington was desperately seeking before the start of the NBA Playoffs. Prof. Andre Miller provided tremendous stability to the bench, and even helped lead Washington to a Game 1 victory over the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards had traded guard Jordan Clarkson last night to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for cash considerations, so bringing back Andre Miller was a no-brainer.
There were earlier reports that the Wizards were leaning towards bringing back Andre Miller, but now it’s all done. He will be back with the Wizards next season. Andre Miller called Washington one of his top destinations after his relationship fell apart with the Denver Nuggets and ultimately became a big part of their team as time went on. He won’t be asked to play big minutes, but at 38-years old, Miller has proven that he still has games left in the tank. Basically, Andre Miller fits what the Wizards are looking for in a backup point guard.
Welcome back, Professor Andre Miller.