Nuggets coach Brian Shaw says he’ll consider bringing Andre Miller back to the team to compensate for injuries to Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post (Twitter link). Shaw admits he and Miller still haven’t spoken since their run-in on the bench nearly a month ago, Dempsey also tweets.
Miller hasn’t appeared in a game since that heated argument with the coach, and the Nuggets have aggressively attempted to trade him to no avail. The durable Miller had been putting up the lowest numbers of his career in advance of his 38th birthday in March. GMs nonetheless see him as likely to be dealt, so part of the motivation to bring back Miller could be the hope of boosting his trade value. The Nuggets will make a game-time decision on Lawson’s status for Friday’s contest, as Dempsey notes via Twitter, so there’s certainly no guarantee that the team will call upon Miller.
The point guard is making $5MM this season, but only $2MM of his salary for next year is guaranteed, so he could be appealing for a team looking to clear cap space. When I examined Miller’s trade candidacy last week, I speculated that if the Nuggets are to trade him, they’re most likely to do so right at the deadline, when offers will be at their best. The notion that they’d bring him back indeed suggests that the team no longer is operating on an accelerated timetable to make a deal.