With the Denver Nuggets now out of the playoffs after their Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, the team has a number of moves that they need to make in order to remain a viable playoff squad.
The first step is getting center JaVale McGee to sign a long-term deal. That's the easier move.
The next one is a little tougher.
Will they be able to keep veteran point guard Andre Miller to help back up Ty Lawson?
Miller was so-so about being a backup this year, but all signs are pointing to him looking for a different team next year.
He tells the Denver Post:
“I’ll keep my options open,” Miller said. “At this point in my career, if I’m going to be a backup, I’m going to be a backup on a championship-caliber team. Obviously, this team is a good team thats going to get to the playoffs, but the thing is if they are committed to getting to that next level to compete for that championship.”
“I want to be on a team that’s going to compete for a championship, and not use youth as a crutch or inexperience as a crutch,” Miller said.
“This team does have guys that can compete and can get out of the first round. It’s just whether I can swallow my pride and deal with being a backup point guard. I have no problem with it, but at the same time I definitely still see myself as a starter in this league. Like I said, you have to swallow your pride sometimes. These young guys are coming in and they're working for it. So, that's just part of the business that I'm learning.”
Miller is looking for a championship-caliber team. The Denver Nuggets are young and playoff-ready, but Miller and many others believe they aren't ready to take the next step.
Miller is coming off a pretty solid season from the bench, having 10 points and seven assists averaged per game.
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