Nuggets discuss trades for exiled guard Andre Miller
As Denver Nuggets management accelerates trade discussions, guard Andre Miller has possibly played his final game for the franchise, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
After a two-game suspension turned into an indefinite exile on Monday, the Nuggets are motivated to move Miller within the next 24 to 48 hours, league sources said. It has become clear to rival executives that Denver is moving quickly on engineering trade scenarios and completing a deal.
Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro – a longtime Nuggets executive – has been at the forefront of trying to acquire Miller, league sources said. The Kings plan would be to use Miller as a mentor for the franchise's talented young point guard, Isaiah Thomas.
Denver general manager Tim Connelly has had conversations with multiple teams, including Sacramento. Miller is owed the balance of his $5 million this season and a partial guarantee of $2 million in 2014-15 on his contract.
Connelly and Miller's agent, Andy Miller, have been in regular communication about the next steps for the franchise and point guard.
Andre Miller's departure in Denver was cemented on Wednesday, when he initiated a derisive exchange with coach Brian Shaw on the bench during a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Miller was suspended for Friday's and Sunday's victories, and agreed with the Nuggets to stay away from practice on Monday. The Nuggets play host to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.
Miller, 37, had a 239-consecutive-game streak end in the loss to the Sixers, and endured the first "Did Not Play-Coach's Decision" of his 15-year career.
The frustration that started on the floor on Wednesday night extended into the postgame locker room, sources told Yahoo Sports. Before the bubbling over on Wednesday, Miller had recently addressed some issues to Shaw in a locker-room meeting forum, league sources said.
Connelly spoke with Miller for approximately an hour late Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, and the team suspended Miller on Thursday for its next two games.