Wolves buy out, waive Andre Miller; is Kevin Martin next?


Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced they had waived veteran point guard Andre Miller. The 17-year veteran, who turns 40 on March 19th, averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 assists in 26 games this season. Miller last appeared in the Wolves’ February 10th home win over Toronto; his best game in a Minnesota uniform came during a road victory against the Kings on November 27th, when he scored 12 points and dished out 4 assists in 18 minutes.

The move isn’t much of a surprise; Miller was signed to be a veteran mentor, and by all accounts, he was exactly that for the first two-thirds of the season. But there are 20-plus games left in what could very well be his final NBA campaign, and according to one report, he’d like to catch on with a playoff team to finish it out. Here was Milt Newton’s statement, via the team’s press release:

“Andre was a consummate professional and set a good example for our younger players on what it takes to be a pro in this league. We wish him the best.”

His enthusiasm for the game, even after nearly two decades in the league, was fun to watch. He gave officials grief during the team’s preseason intrasquad scrimmage; he got in the ears of young players on the bench; and he stood and cheered emphatically for his teammates, even in the midst of a long string of DNPs:

On a personal note, I never got to share a pregame meal with Miller, who was notorious for saving his per diem in order to eat the food the team provided in the media area. I consider this one of my life’s greatest failures.

With the buyout of Miller, the Wolves’ roster now stands at 14. How long before it’s 13? Well…

ESPN’s Marc Stein (who is about as good as it gets among NBA reporters) expounded on the news here. Martin’s player option for next season (valued at $7.4 million) is surely complicating matters, but the news that the two sides are talking means a buyout is probable. If THAT happens, the Wolves will have two open roster spots.

And with that, I’m off to bother wise D-League writers to figure out the next diamond(s) in the rough the Wolves should sign for the rest of the season.

Until then…

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  1. pyrrol says:

    Sad to see Miller go. He looked good when he played and I’m a big fan of his. I was very excited when we signed him, out of proportion with the impact he was likely to have. Still, I feel like we didn’t use him right. We could have been playing him a lot more and had Zach off ball all season. We asked a lot of him and he never complained. We didn’t play him and randomly would put him in for back up minutes without warning. We expected him to take long chains of DNP’s and sudden, rust covered requests to right the second unit sinking ship as the bench point, out of nowhere with total competency and a smile on his face. And he did. But that’s not how you treat a guy like Miller, particularly when he can still play. I think he wanted to be released, so hopefully he’ll get picked up somewhere he likes. Not sure what plans we have for this spot or Martin’s if he goes. It seems a little silly, but we will see.

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