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Wizards to Have Another Year of the Professor, Pick up Andre Miller’s Option.

June 28th, 2014 at 1:35 PM
By Andy Livingston

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With the news that Martell Webster is out 3-5 months following back surgery it seemed Wizards fans were off to a bad weekend. However a last minute reprieve was granted when news that the Wizards were picking up the option of backup point guard Andre Miller.

Miller was acquired via trade for Jan Vesely when he was clashing with coach Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets. The backup PG position had long troubled the Wiz, but the acquisition and assimilation of The Professor seemed to mutually benefit all parties. Miller did not have a breakout year statistically, ending with an average of 4.9PPG and 3.4 assists, but his stability and skill showed he still had some old man moves to bring to the team.

Due to free agency rules, the team cannot pick up his option until June 30th and it will net Miller $4.6 million. The option to nab Miller for another year became imperative after 2013's 2nd round pick Tomas Satoransky told the team he would not be attending summer league play and the Wizards lost out on any of their draft pick wants during Thursday's NBA Draft.

In other news to bolster their roster, the Wizards also announced their first free agent signing after the draft where they signed Khem Birch from UNLV. Birch will try out in the Summer League games starting July 11th where his skills as a 6'9" frame will be tested. Birch was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the Mountain West. Following the news of Webster's surgery, if Birch can make a splash his 11.5 PPG and 10.2 RPG average could bump up the front court and find himself on the roster.

 

Tags: Andre Miller, Basketball, Khem Birch, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards

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