Dec 23, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller (24) drives to the basket past Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore (20) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks back in the running for Andre Miller

Last week I reported the New York Knicks interest in Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller.

While that speculation cooled for a few days, it looks as of now that the Knicks are very serious about making a run at the veteran point guard.

Dec 30, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (34) guards Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller (24) in the fourth quarter at the Pepsi Center. The Heat defeated the Nuggets 97-94. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Miller, 37, has not played in Denver’s last four games after being suspended by the team for two games for a confrontation with head coach Brian Shaw. According to the Denver Post, there is a slim chance Miller plays for the Nuggets while they try to trade him.

The Knicks interest in Miller makes sense from a standpoint that they badly need help at the lead guard spot. While Raymond Felton has looked decent in his return from injury, nothing about his lengthy career suggests that he is the type of guard a team can win with.

Yet while Miller is having the worst year of his career this season, averaging a career-low 5.9 points and 3.3 assists, he could be a nice addition to a team looking to make noise in the playoffs.

But do the Knicks need another old player past his prime?

I would caution that answer should be no.

The Knicks pursuit of Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry made much more sense than a 37-year old point guard on his last legs.

Compound that with the fact that the Knicks only have two real trade assets in Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert and you have to think a deal won’t get done.

If James Dolan was unwilling to part with either of his two young players or a future pick for Lowry, he shouldn’t even think about doing so for Miller.

At the end of the day the Knicks pursuit of an upgrade at the point guard position makes a lot of sense, but not Miller.

However no matter who they target they will have a difficult time making any type of deal work.

The bottom line is that if the Knicks are unwilling to move Shump or Hardaway, they simply have no other assets to make any type of deal happen.


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