Despite trading guard Jordan Clarkson last night in exchange for cash considerations, it looks like the Washington Wizards will have their backup point guard for at least another season.
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.
Averaging just under 4 points and 4 assists per game in Washington, Andre Miller hasn’t put up eye-popping numbers, but he has given the team stability that it desperately needed off the bench. Prior to acquiring Andre Miller in a trade-deadline deal for Jan Vesely and Eric Maynor, the Wizards had to rely on inconsistent point guard play and their bench’s production took a major hit as a result. Maynor, who the Wizards signed during the summer using the bi-annual exception, was arguably the worst point guard in the NBA at the time, and while Garrett Temple did play better, he was still out of position and lacked what the Wizards needed.
The Wizards could opt to buy out Miller’s contract for about half the price and sign another backup point guard this off-season, but it looks like the Professor will be back. John Wall will obviously play the majority of minutes at point guard and Miller will only be asked to provide occasional relief, while his impact will most be felt in the locker room.
Andre Miller gave a lot of credit to coach Randy Wittman for the Wizards’ development and made it clear that he’d like to retire with the Wizards. Now that it looks like he’ll be back, he’ll have a chance to do just that.