New York, NY - According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the New York Knicks are interested in acquiring veteran point guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have been looking to move Miller ever since he got into a verbal altercation with head coach Brian Shaw about his role with the team. There is still a chance that Miller will stay in Denver, but that chance is extremely slim.
Miller has played in 30 games this season with the Denver Nuggets, averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game. At the age of 37, he doesn’t have much basketball left in his career, but he would be a great pickup for the Knicks who are looking to get their season back on track. Raymond Felton is the obvious starter in New York, but adding a backup with the ability of Andre Miller would be a huge acquisition for them.
The Knicks were looking into acquiring Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors earlier this season, but the trade was unable to happen because New York have limited assets to move. It is unclear exactly what kind of return the Nuggets are looking for in a trade involving Miller, but it likely would not be an incredibly high price. New York is beginning to play much better basketball and is looking to acquire more pieces to make them a more competitive basketball team.
While these rumors certainly are true and the Knicks have had discussions with the Nuggets about a potential trade, there are still quite a few difficulties that the two sides will have to overcome. As previously stated, the Knicks simply don’t have the necessary pieces to make a trade. Denver isn’t going to trade Miller just to make a trade and would need some kind of value back in return.
Overall, this is a very intriguing trade rumor that could very well have some legs to it. They need to make a couple moves if they want to compete with either the Pacers or Heat in the Eastern Conference, but they are beginning to play like a playoff caliber team should.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.