Clippers Acquire Andre Miller And Bryant Stith From Cleveland
The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired guards Andre Miller and Bryant Stith from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for forwards Darius Miles and Harold Jamison, it was announced by Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor.
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Miller averaged 16.5 points, a league leading 10.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 37.3 minutes in 81 games played during the 2001-02 season. He also connected on 474-1045 FG (.454) and 365-447 FT (.817) on the year. Miller, who was the only player in the NBA last season to average a points-assist double-double, also led the league in points-assist double-doubles with 43 and was tied for fifth in the league in overall double-doubles.
Its always difficult to trade a very exciting and popular player with potential such as Darius, stated Baylor. The one thing that makes this both easier and exciting is a situation like this when you are getting a proven player in return who has established himself as one of the top five point guards in the NBA. In Andre Miller we feel we are getting the precise player we need to take our team to the next level. That made this hard decision easier to make.
Over his three year NBA career, the 62 guard has tallied 14.5 points, 8.2 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 32.5 minutes per contest and has played in 245 of a possible 246 total games over his career.
A local product who attended Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, Miller had a standout four-year collegiate career at the University of Utah where he averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 assists and 4.8 rebounds over his career.
Andre is a great player and a quiet leader who leads with his play, said Head Coach Alvin Gentry. He is very durable and with Andres style of play he will be able to push the basketball and distribute the ball to a lot of very athletic players on our team.
Miller will also join Clippers forward Elton Brand as a member of the 2002 USA Basketball Mens World Championship Team which will compete in Indianapolis from August 29-September 8. Also participating in the tournament will be Clippers point guard Marko Jaric, who will play for the Yugoslavian National Team.
Stith has averaged 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds over his 10-year NBA career.
In two seasons with the Clippers, Miles tallied 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game, while Jamison averaged 2.2 points in 7.0 minutes per game during the 2001-02 campaign.