The Washington Wizards acquired a much-needed backup point guard and jettisoned a failed lottery pick, while the Philadelphia 76ers continued to gather draft picks in a three-team trade at the deadline.
It was only a matter of time before Andre Miller left the Denver Nuggets.
Miller hasn’t suited up for Denver since he was suspended by the team on January 2 after a disagreement with head coach Brian Shaw. In fact, he hasn’t even traveled with the team since the incident.
The Nuggets finally dealt their disgruntled veteran at the trade deadline, sending him to the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Jan Vesely. To help facilitate the deal, the Philadelphia 76ers took on the salary of Eric Maynor, and received two second-round picks for their troubles.
The Wizards have overcome their early-season struggles and find themselves deep in the playoff race in the Eastern Conference, currently sitting fifth with a 26-28 record and only 2½ games behind the fourth seed and home court advantage in the first round.
Washington has been searching for an experienced backup point guard to play behind John Wall all season. Miller, a 16-year NBA veteran with nine years playoff experience, fits their needs perfectly.
Miller has career averages of 13.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game with five different teams.
Picking up Miller is also a low-risk move for the Wizards, with only $2 million of his $4.6 million contract for next season guaranteed.
Vesely, the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft, has failed to impress during his first three seasons in the league, and holds averages of just 3.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Maynor, also a first-round draft pick (20th overall in 2009), will be joining his fifth team in as many years. He has career averages of 4.3 points and 2.9 assists, and holds a $2.1 million player option next season.
Maynor, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason by the Wizards, has fallen out of the rotation. He has a player option for $2.1 million next season that the 76ers will assume in exchange for the draft picks.
The 76ers have acquired four second-round draft picks at the deadline after receiving two others in the deal that sent Spencer Hawes to Cleveland.