Among the biggest story lines of this San Antonio Spurs offseason are Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili’s potential retirements, Kevin Durant’s free agency, and how the Spurs will spend their cap space to improve their roster. What’s been pushed to the outer edge of consciousness is the fate of Andre Miller.
Miller was acquired as a midseason addition to provide the Spurs with point guard depth. Although he didn’t end up playing very much, Miller’s leadership should be acknowledged.
He only played in 13.9 minutes per game, but still averaged 4.3 points per game and 2.2 assists per game.
At this stage in his career, his veteran guidance is his biggest asset. Miller is 40 years old now, and the combination of age and a lack of opportunity for quality NBA minutes is pushing him out the door.
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It was a good idea for the Spurs to bring him aboard last season. He’s quite possibly the most underrated point guard who has ever played in the league, and his cerebral approach to orchestrating a game doesn’t have an expiration date.
He might not have been able to do what he once could out on the court from a physical perspective, but he was still Andre Miller nonetheless, and that counts for something.
In the midst of the Durant sweepstakes, the Spurs are going to have to try to devote every penny available to them under the salary cap to bring him aboard. Miller wouldn’t represent a big cap hit to bring back, but all space is very valuable.
Miller should be immensely proud of his NBA career, and the fact that it’s going to most likely conclude with a fantastic organization like San Antonio is a great way to go out.
It’s a shame that Miller never won a championship, or had much playoff success in general. He came to San Antonio to try to add a title to his long list of accomplishments, but it was never meant to be.
The Spurs don’t have the luxury to devote any resources to bringing back a player in a quasi-ceremonial role. They’re trying to improve their roster, and unfortunately Miller doesn’t fit in with those plans.
The team needs to get more youthful, and Miller is about as far from that as a professional player can possibly be.
The Spurs should say goodbye to Miller with the utmost respect. He deserves it after the fantastic career he has had.