Posted February 20, 2014

Nuggets agree to trade Andre Miller to Wizards in three-team deal with Sixers

2014 NBA trade deadline, Andre Miller, Ben Golliver, Denver Nuggets, Eric Maynor, Jan Vesely, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards
Andre Miller

Andre Miller (center) has reportedly been traded to the Washington Wizards. (Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images)

The Nuggets have agreed to trade disgruntled point guard Andre Miller to the Wizards in a three-team trade, according to multiple reports. Washington will reportedly send forward Jan Vesely to Denver while sending point guard Eric Maynor to the Sixers. 

The Washington Post and Yahoo Sports reported the deal’s terms on Thursday in advance of the NBA’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. reports that Philadelphia will also receive two second-round picks — one from Denver, one from Washington — in the agreement.

Miller, 37, has been one of the league’s iron men throughout his career, but he has not played in a game since Dec. 30 due to a public verbal altercation first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw. Initially, the Nuggets suspended Miller and the parties later agreed that it would be better if he remained away from the team, even as Denver’s backcourt dealt with injuries to Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson. Miller is averaging a career-low 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 19 minutes per game over 30 appearances this season. He is on the books for $5 million this season and $4.6 million in 2014-15, the final year of his current contract.

Vesely, 23, has yet to make a mark in the league after being selected with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft. He was averaging 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game over 33 appearances for Washington in his third season, and the Wizards elected not to pick up his rookie option for the 2014-15 season, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Maynor, 26, was signed by the Wizards to a two-year, $4.1 million contract last summer with the goal of making him John Wall’s back-up. The 2009 first-round pick had little impact this season, though, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 assists in 9.3 minutes over 23 appearances for Washington. A serious knee injury that cost Maynor much of the 2011-12 season has seemingly altered the trajectory of his career. He is on the books for $2 million this season and he holds a $2.1 million player option for 2014-15.

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This is what Nuggets fans will have to expect from the current ''brain-trust'' in Denver.  The owner's son dumped an up-and-coming GM in favor of a warm-body yes-man, then doubled down, firing a hall of fame coach for a new, much cheaper one.  

The Nuggets remind me of a baseball team that buys up talent for a championship run, only to trade it all away after winning the World Series.  Well, except Denver never wins a championship and the acquired talent just leaves.

Why not just change their name to the Generals and stop acting as if winning matters, Josh?


Shaw is a massive fail as a coach.


@Holden  Yup.

Virtually every move that has been made by the Nuggets since the end of last season has been a bad one.  Their cap situation is inflexible, they gave up a lottery pick in the foolish Iguodala trade last year, and there is very little room for growth on the team.  

They should tank this year, but they can't even do that properly.  


@Pat11  Yes.

Firing George Karl was a horrible idea.  Any sensible fan could have seen that.  The problem is that most Nuggets fans were not sensible about Karl.  They were delusional in believing that the Nuggets had enough talent to advance deep into the playoffs -- or perhaps even win it all.  They fooled themselves into believing that it was only the presence of Karl that was holding them back.  The reality is that it was the presence of Karl and his outstanding understanding of basketball tactics and management of personalities that allowed the team to be as successful as it was.

Now, the Nuggets have set themselves back for years with their awful off-season moves.