Nothing close yet on Andre Miller front, I'm told, but Minnesota, Washington in lead to land Denver PG who so badly wants a relocation.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 20, 2014
As Amick (who, I should note, is very reliable) notes, nothing is imminent, but the flurry of activity is worth noting. Between this rumor and the Udrih one, it's clear that the Wizards are on the track to upgrade their backcourt bench before their final playoff push. But it's also widely apparent that the Wizards are in need of said upgrade, so the talk could also be an amplification of his desire to leave Denver for a place that could use him.
If I could pick between Udrih and Miller? I think I'd pick Miller. But it'll also depend on what the Wizards would theoretically give up in trade.
We'll keep you updated if anything comes of this.
UPDATE (12:18 pm): WHOOOOAAA THERE! Things are heating up! TNT, Yahoo!, and USA Today are all reporting that the Wizards have raced ahead of the pack to get Miller. Jan Vesely and Eric Maynor's names have come up in discussions:
Wizards, Wolves lead the chase for Andre Miller, per league source.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 20, 2014
Denver, Washington talks serious on sending Andre Miller to the Wizards for Eric Maynor and Jan Vesely, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Strong signs that Wizards have indeed pulled ahead of Minnesota in pursuit of Andre Miller, I'm told.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 20, 2014
And again, per Yahoo!, there's a possibility that this might expand into a 3-team trade, with Eric Maynor probably not staying in Denver.
Wizards guard Eric Maynor probably won't end up in Denver in Andre Miller proposed deal.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 20, 2014
Miller would obviously fill a huge void in the backcourt rotation, and both Maynor and Vesely would hopefully be able to find better situations than their current ones in Washington. A bonus, as our own Satchel Price points out, is that Miller's deal might actually save the Wizards some cap space next season. That's a huge plus for Washington.
@BenStandig Miller's 2014-15 is non-guaranteed, only costs $2M if waived before June 30. So technically might save Wiz money next season.— Satchel Price (@SatchelPrice) February 20, 2014
More as the story develops.