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Utah Jazz, Andre Miller a Perfect Match

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COMMENTARY | Until recently, Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller had missed just seven of a possible 1,163 games.

He missed one as a Cleveland Cavalier in 2001, two as a Los Angeles Clipper in 2002 and 2003, two as a Philadelphia 76er in 2006 and one as a Portland Trail Blazer in 2010.

That's it.

But since the calendar flipped to 2014, the 37-year-old has missed 10 straight contests -- all of them DNP-CDs.

Miller is now on the trading block, and several rumors featuring his name are making their way through the NBA grapevine.

Here's an in-depth look at one of them: Miller to the Utah Jazz.

How it benefits Andre Miller

Although Miller won't see any postseason action with Utah, there are positives to joining the Jazz.

Grantland's Zach Lowe has often referred to the 15-year pro as "Dr. Andre Miller" -- a man who received his PhD from Point Guard University. Well, with the Jazz, Professor Miller would get to put that degree to use by playing the all-important role of Trey Burke's mentor.

Also, because John Lucas III's field-goal percentage looks like Mike Trout's batting average (.325), Miller wouldn't have to compete for minutes in Salt Lake City like he does in Denver, where the depth chart also features Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson and Randy Foye.

Plus, as a former Utah Ute, No. 24 would be an instant fan-favorite.

How it benefits the Utah Jazz

Rookie floor general Trey Burke is off to a solid start, but it's clear that he needs an experienced and talented advisor who can show him the proverbial ropes.

Miller would be perfect for the job. He's a true, old-school 1 who excels at two things Burke needs help with: assisting teammates and shooting in the upper-40s from the field.

In 30 games, Burke is averaging 5.7 assists (not bad but not great) and shooting 38.9 percent from the floor (good for 65th out of 96 point guards).

Last season, Miller collected 5.9 assists in just 26.2 minutes per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the field.

How it benefits the Denver Nuggets

The benefits here are threefold: 1) The negative vibes that currently hover over the team due to Brian Shaw's benching of Miller should disperse, 2) Shaw won't have to worry about splitting PG minutes four ways and 3) the team will get some sort of asset in return, such as Brandon Rush's expiring contract.

Jared Bray is a regular contributor for Yahoo Sports covering the Utah Jazz. He also reports in English and Tagalog (a language he picked up while serving a church mission in the Philippines) as the Utah correspondent for The Filipino Channel's "Balitang America."

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