HoopsHype Andre Miller rumors

March 23, 2014 Updates

“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

February 21, 2014 Updates
February 20, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired guard Andre Miller from Denver in exchange for forward Jan Vesely. As part of the three-team deal, the Wizards also sent guard Eric Maynor and a 2015 second round pick to Philadelphia and received a protected 2014 second round pick from the 76ers. The 76ers will also receive a future second round pick from Denver. NBA.com

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