Nuggets agree to re-sign guard Andre Miller to a three-year deal, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 2, 2012
Next season will be Miller's sixth with the Nuggets.
After being drafted at No. 8 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1999 and playing three seasons there, Miller took a one-year hiatus with the Los Angeles Clippers. He then played four seasons in Denver before departing for the Philadelphia 76ers for three years. The now-36-year-old then played a pair of seasons with the Portland Trailblazers before finding himself back with Denver last year.
The University of Utah alum played just over 27 minutes per game, shooting 43.8 percent from the field in his 13th NBA season, and averaged just under 10 points and seven assists in a limited role last season.
He shot just 21.7 percent from behind the arc, but the Nuggets didn't re-sign him for his sharpshooting skills. Miller can act as a veteran mentor to starting point guard Ty Lawson, who was good for 16.4 points and 6.6 assists per night.
Miller, though, had an issue with taking care of the ball last season. Despite the limited role, he committed 2.7 turnovers per game. If he wants to continue to excel in his secondary role, he'll need to reduce that number to a more reasonable mark.
His playoff experience surely helped out in his contract talks. Miller has accumulated a 15.7 points per game average in 46 playoff games since entering the league, including 21.2 points per night in a six-game series with Philadelphia in the '09 playoffs.
It will be interesting to see how this three-year deal pans out for the Nuggets with Miller having as much mileage on him as he does.
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