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InsideHoops NBA [HOME] Aug 1, 2003

Denver Gets Andre Miller

 






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The Denver Nuggets have signed free agent guard Andre Miller to a multi-year contract, General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

"We're ecstatic to have Andre in Denver," said Vandeweghe. "He is one of the top point guards in the league and adds to our core of talented young players." The Nuggets originally signed Miller - a restricted free agent - to an offer sheet on July 16. Per NBA rules, the Los Angeles Clippers had 15 days to match the Nuggets offer, but declined to do so.

Miller, 6-2, 200, averaged 13.6 ppg, 6.7 apg, 4.0 rpg and 1.24 spg in 80 games for the Clippers last season. He ranked ninth in the NBA in assists and led the Clippers in games played, games started (80) and minutes played (2,913). Miller led the NBA in assists in '01-02 with Cleveland, averaging 10.9 apg along with 16.5 ppg. He was the only player in the league to average a double-double with points and assists. He also ranked fifth in the NBA in double-doubles (43) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.6 to 1).

Miller has a rough year with the Los Angeles Clippers last year. He didn't shoot well, wasn't as effective a floor leader as he's been in the past, and had differences of opinion with coaches and other players. But in previous years, Miller's been a much better player. He's healthy, and there's no reason to think he won't bounce back and play up to expectation.

Over his four-year career, Miller has averaged 14.3 ppg, 7.9 apg and 4.1 rpg and has posted five triple-doubles. He has played in 325 of a possible 328 games. He earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors with Cleveland in '99-00 and was a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Men's World Championship team.



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