Well, the Wizards eventually pulled the trigger on a deal as the NBA trade deadline loomed.
The specs: Wizards acquire aging knees and spotty hair loss from Denver in exchange for a former top pick and last summer’s uber-coveted backup point guard. They also surrender their 2nd round pick
At this current moment, it’s hard to put a finger on how much this deal could benefit – or in regard to #SoWizards, harm the team moving into their final push of the season. Miller’s recent tenure in Denver has been marred with substantial drops in his stats as well as his publicized fallout with first-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw.
While Miller’s grandfatherly experience could deem him an upgrade to the Wizards’ currently unfavorable backup PG spot, his age (37) and rust (hasn’t played since December) renders some immediate curiosity. How will the Wizards, a team that often features two near-7 foot centers, adjust to a post-heavy point guard? How will Randy Wittman, a man who is often disparaged for his rotation schemes, handle a potential fret when Miller is haplessly observing crunch time action from the bench?
From the front office’s vantage point, this is merely another sloppy clean-up procedure to blot away the initial, self-inflicted mishaps by Ted & Co. Last summer, Eric Maynor was heavily sought and quickly acquired via free agency to spell John Wall. Maynor was simply a contingent of several revolving point guards the Wizards were aiming to establish as nothing more than a facilitator for an underachieving second unit.
As far as how Miller fits the Chinatown mould, it’s really hard to F up trading away two sitting ducks for a primed veteran. The Wizards had been thirsting for an experienced point guard to spell John Wall and they finally landed him for a bag of trail mix and unsalted cashews.
How it ultimately fares out is on an extreme need-to-know basis, so stay tuned.