Nuggets re-sign free agent point guard Andre Miller
Steady, durable veteran returns with multiyear contract
DENVER, July 11, 2012 – The Denver Nuggets have re-signed free-agent point guard Andre Miller to a multiyear contract, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today.
Miller, 6-2, 200, averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 6.7 assists in 27.4 minutes for the Nuggets last season. Acquired as part of a three-team trade on June 23, 2011, he led the team in assists 17 times and recorded eight double-doubles.
“Andre was great for our team and our young guys last season,” Ujiri said. “Our players and coaches were excited when they heard he was coming back. He provides leadership and consistency and he really fits perfectly in our system. We’re very happy to keep him in Denver.”
Miller, 36, also continued to be a model of durability, playing in every game for the ninth time in his 13 NBA seasons. He separated his right shoulder on March 19 but went on to play the final 20 games of the regular season and the playoffs.
On Feb. 2, Miller appeared in his 1,000th career game. Remarkably, he accomplished the feat while missing only four games due to injury.
Originally drafted eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1997, Miller has established himself as one of the most consistent point guards in NBA history while playing for Cleveland, Denver, Philadelphia, Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers.
He led the NBA in assists(10.9) in 2001-02 and has averaged at least six assists in 11 of his 13 seasons. On April 9, Miller passed Maurice Cheeks for 10th place on the NBA career assist list.
Miller also ranks third on Denver’s career assist chart. He spent three-plus seasons with the Nuggets after signing with the team as a free agent in 2003.
For his career, Miller has averaged 14.1 point, 7.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds.