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Nuggets trade Andre Miller, Jordan Hamilton at deadline in separate deals


February 21st, 2014 by aswitzer

The Houston Rockets had a stockpile of point guards and the Nuggets have plenty of swingman type players. Moving Jordan Hamilton to get the backup point guard the Nuggets desperately needed to finish this season was a good move for both teams. Jordan had been given ample opportunity to succeed in Denver as an off-the-bench long range bomber but never really panned out. Aaron Brooks comes willingly to Denver (he had to okay the trade) as he had become buried on the bench behind Patrick Beverly and Jeremy Lin in Houston. Brooks is a proven NBA player that can push the pace and score when needed from outside.

The Nuggets finally resolved their “Andre Miller” issue at the deadline this week by trading him to the Wizards for Jan Vesely. Vesely is a 6’11 forward from the Czech Republic, who the Wizards selected 6th in the 2011 NBA draft. Vesely has been flirting with the bust label and could use a fresh start with a new team.

Andre Miller had been banished  since an in-game blowup with rookie coach Brian Shaw on January 1st, 2014. Even with injuries to Nate Robinson (ACL) and Ty Lawson (broken rib) the team made due with shooting guard Randy Foye and 2nd year player Evan Fournier running the point. Andre has had some great days in a Denver Nugget after two lengthy runs with the team, but at 37 he had been in that awkward stage of thinking he was better than he really was on the court since the George Karl era had ended last season.

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