HoopsHype Andre Miller rumors

April 20, 2014 Updates

The Wizards have a player option of the final year of Miller’s contract next season. Miller can be bought out for $2 million of his $4.6 million salary but he has helped solidify the Wizards’ bench and completed the team’s long and frustrating search for a backup to John Wall. Whereas the Wizards once dreaded when Wall sat, they can now expect Miller to maintain or lead a ignite a rally with one of his patented point guard clinics. “He has that high IQ and he’s been in the league for a long time,” Beal said. “He knows everything.” Washington Post

Just three months ago, Miller was home in Denver, working out on his own and waiting for the Nuggets to trade or release him. Golden State, Minnesota and Washington were in the mix, but the Warriors nabbed Steve Blake and the Wizards swooped in with an offer of Jan Vesely to get Miller, a move that allowed him to reach the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 years. “This was my first option, just looking at the roster, previous history with Martell [Webster], Nene and Al [Harrington],” Miller said. “This was my first choice. It was granted and I’m just happy to get here and try to get comfortable with the situation. It’s been a good experience so far. I’m going to enjoy my time here for as long as they want me here. I’m just happy to be in the playoffs, happy to be able to contribute to this team.” Washington Post

Brian Shaw on Player management: "Middle of the pack. If you would ask the players, I think they all genuinely like me. They probably would all say he would be one of the coolest coaches we played for. But with that being said, I also feel like that was taken advantage of at times. Because I'm laid back by nature and I try to leave a lot of things up to them to decide for themselves, and I need to be more directive when it comes to that. Obviously I feel that I was always open to communicate with them — I kept it real with them. But there were instances where the players felt like ... like the Andre Miller situation. He didn't feel like he was communicated with. Denver Post

"I wasn't aware that he had a streak of never gotten a DNP (did not play) before. I should have been more aware of that. I don't know if it would have changed anything. So there were instances where I clashed with guys. But I thought it was important that I got the way I wanted to do things established, got that foundation laid. So I stuck to my line. Some of it was good, some of it was not." Denver Post

March 24, 2014 Updates

Because head coach Brian Shaw and veteran Andre Miller couldn't reconcile their differences the organization was forced to trade the guard. Upon Miller's return to Denver, Shaw tried to make amends for the way things worked out. "I told him, for whatever it's worth to you, sorry for everything that's happened the way that it did," the first year head coach absolved. The point guard was reportedly displeased with Shaw's decision in playing time and the disagreement forced the club to suspend Miller for several games. 9news.com

March 23, 2014 Updates

“They were like, ‘If you come back and apologize, it’ll be all good.’ I wasn’t willing to make that decision. Because of my morals, what I felt was the right thing to do for me,” Miller said. “I was ready to go. You can tell when a team is thinking about possibly going in a different direction. Wasn’t any communication there, and I could just feel the vibe where I was at in the organization, and it was time to move on. “We both made mistakes. That's just a part of the business when you're coming in, first-time coach and a veteran and me not approaching him and establishing a communication either way. It’s whatever. I’m glad to be where I’m at now.” Washington Post

“Sometimes you need to speak up for yourself, and whether I did it the right way or the wrong way, it’s over, but it put into perspective, kind of, how some people view me as a player. I feel like I haven’t received the respect that I deserve,” said Miller, who ranks ninth all time in career assists. “This is a popularity-contest league. Everything that I’ve done has been under radar, so the only thing I really took pride in was being out on the court and being in games and not missing games.” Washington Post

“He deserved to be treated better. In my mind, he deserved more respect,” said Karl, an analyst for ESPN. “Players, when they’re sliding down the bad side of the mountain, almost every player has an episode where he’s angry that his career is fading. The image of what happened is not Andre Miller. Andre is a total team guy, a locker room guy, committed guy, a coachable guy. And all the thoughts of what happened there is just taking the one bad day that we all have and staying connected to it, too long.” Washington Post

Q: You said you felt you were portrayed as being the villain in this situation. Still feel that way? A: Yeah, I was. It was pretty clear that the comments that was made by the organization was that I was complaining about minutes and disgruntled about minutes when that wasn't the case. All I did was, we had a team meeting, and I spoke up for the team respectfully as a leader and I think that was kind of held against me. So, you know, whether they feel they did it their way, I did it my way. It didn't work out, you just move on. Denver Post

Q: Will you shed some light on what happened and the relationship between you and Shaw? Andre Miller: Just a miscommunication. Kind of stepped out of character for me, just what happened on the court. But things happen, I'm going to leave it at that. They're going in a direction and trying to get some things done. And good luck to them. Q: Could Shaw have handled it better? A: We both stepped out of character, just a miscommunication. I think it was me just more stepping out of character on the court. I felt that I was somewhat not given a fair chance, especially when everybody else played that game, and I didn't get an opportunity to play. Like I said, I stepped out of character, it was wrong. But it happened and just move on. Denver Post

Q: If it wasn't the minutes, what was the issue? A: It wasn't the minutes at all. The issue was just, actually I don't know the issue. I didn't get an opportunity to play. And, you know, I have to respect the coach's decision, and I didn't and I reacted the wrong way. It was wrong, especially being done in public. So I was held accountable for it, which, you know, that's what happens. I have to pay the price for it. Move on, good luck to the team and the organization. Denver Post

March 21, 2014 Updates

"They gave me an opportunity to represent Denver," Miller said. "I tried to do that the right way, but I was looked at as the bad guy, a disgruntled player. [The Nuggets said] I was complaining about minutes and that was never the issue. They made it look that way, and that I was upset. I understand that they have to protect themselves as an organization, but don't blast the player. "I came out and represented the organization, played games, practiced and did it the right way. Don't bash me. It's not true saying I was disgruntled about minutes and complaining. In reality, I was just speaking up for guys on the team and being a veteran leader. I was just doing my job." Yahoo! Sports

Shaw has previously said his communication with Miller could've been better. Miller wished the same. "It's really not about coach, player," Miller said. "It's really about communication from the top. In a team meeting we talked about communication between the coaches and the players. Anybody can coach, but how do you deal with players and egos and attitudes and communicate with people – that's the main thing. "I communicated on my end. There was no communication on their end." Yahoo! Sports

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