Minneapolis, MN - According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves are “very interested” in acquiring veteran point guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets. Miller has not played for the Nuggets since getting into a verbal altercation with head coach Brian Shaw, and has made it clear that he does not want to return to the Nuggets. Minnesota has been looking for a more consistent backup point guard, and it appears that these talks are gaining some steam and could come to fruition.
Miller has played in 30 games with the Nuggets this season, starting two of those appearances. He is currently averaging 5.9 points, 3.3 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game, and would also add a very important veteran leadership aspect to Minnesota’s rotation. There really isn’t much to be concerned about off the court, even with his altercation with Shaw. It was about playing time, especially with Nate Robinson being brought in as well this past offseason.
The Timberwolves are looking to send current backup point guard J.J. Barea back to the Nuggets in return, and that could pique Denver’s interest. Denver has to bring in a new backup point guard with the injury to Nate Robinson, and Barea very well could be a key piece to making a run in the playoffs in a very tough Western Conference. He would add a different aspect that Denver doesn’t currently have, and a change of scenery would also be good for him.
Barea has played in 53 games this season with the Timberwolves, averaging 8.7 points and 3.5 assists, and would be a scoring upgrade from Andre Miller if the Nuggets did indeed make the move. He hasn’t been happy this season with the Nuggets, and has made it clear that he would like to get a fresh start elsewhere. The Nuggets very well could be getting a steal with this deal if it goes through.
Overall, this is the type of trade that would likely be a win-win for both sides. Minnesota simply is doing everything that they possibly can to put a winning product on the court for Kevin Love, while the Nuggets are looking to move a good point guard and bring in a comparable piece that fits their system. Don’t be surprised if the two sides are able to hammer something out before the trade deadline arrives.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.