Veteran point guard Andre Miller is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves, signing a one-year deal with one of the youngest ball clubs in the NBA. Shams Charania of RealGM first reported the deal on Thursday while Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports confirmed the signing was for the veteran’s minimum of roughly $1.5 million.
Miller, who will be entering his 17th NBA season, is expected to join Kevin Garnett as one of the leaders of the young squad that features the likes of 20-year-old Zach LaVine, 22-year-old Shabazz Muhammad, 24-year-old Ricky Rubio, 20-year-old Andrew Wiggins and 19-year-old Karl-Anthony Towns, all of whom are considered part of the core of the squad. Miller and Garnett, in contrast, are both 39.
Miller has played for a number of teams in the NBA since being drafted as the eighth overall pick in the 1999 draft. He suited up for the Cavaliers (1999-2002), Los Angeles Clippers (2002-2003), Denver Nuggets (2003-2006 and 2009-2011), Philadelphia 76ers (2006-2009) and most recently, with the Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings last season.
For his career, he averages 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game, but his value for the Timberwolves will be his veteran presence and ability to run a team. Miller, who will be the team’s third PG, will most likely mentor point guards Rubio and LaVine in the coming NBA season.
Andy Miller, Andre's agent, believe that his client's decision to sign in Minnesota is a good deal for both sides, saying the veteran point guard will provide leadership to the squad.