The report states the Warriors, as well as the Kings, are “intrigued” about potentially acquiring Miller, who was recently suspended two games for conduct detrimental to the team. However, the Nuggets want to keep Miller and hope that he and head coach Brian Shaw will smooth out their differences.
Miller, a 14-year veteran, is averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists and 19 minutes per game in 30 games this season, all career lows. The 37-year-old is seventh on the active list of most games played in career with 1,156 contests under his belt. He has also played in 52 postseason games, where he is averaging 15.5 points. For his career, Miller boasts an average of 13.6 points and 7.0 assists a game.
The Warriors’ reported interest in Miller is rather surprising. While Miller is a savvy veteran and has a wealth of experience that would be beneficial to any team, his style of play is a direct contrast to the Warriors’ up-and-down, loose style of basketball. Miller prefers a halfcourt offense where he has time to manipulate defenders and create plays.
Perhaps the Warriors recall Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals last season, when he scored 28 points off the bench and made the game-winning layup.
Additionally, Yahoo! reports that the Warriors “have been engaged for weeks” with the Raptors regarding a potential trade for Kyle Lowry. However, given that the Raptors currently hold the fourth seed in the East, they have become more reluctant to trade Lowry. Lowry, at age 27, would obviously fit with the Warriors’ style of play better than Miller, but the price to acquire him would probably be too steep for the Warriors to afford.
The bottom line is that the Warriors seem to be scouring the market for a backup point guard, and are obviously unsatisfied with what they have gotten thus far out of Toney Douglas, Kent Bazemore, and Nemanja Nedovic.