UPDATE: Miller's agent, Andy Miller, confirms to CSN Washington that the Wizards have guaranteed Andre's option.
With the start of free agency less than a week away, the Wizards are already leaning toward bringing Andre Miller back for another season, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Miller is slated to make $4.6 million next season, but could have been released for just $2 million should the Wizards so choose. The Wizards have until Saturday to make their decision.
In one sense, this is a bit of formality seeing as how Miller came in and immediately brought stability to Washington's second unit. The offense crumbled without John Wall's playmaking, and they frequently got into their sets late in the shot clock due to Eric Maynor or Garrett Temple running the show. Nevertheless, it's interesting that Washington is willing to pay the full sum of his contract. Part of what made Miller an enticing trade chip at February's deadline was that the final year of his deal was only partially guaranteed.
Maybe this was a sentimental move. The Wizards like his locker room presence, and Randy Wittman trusts his ability to run his offense. But it also fills the backup point guard spot for one more year instead of spending on someone else. Now, they can focus their attention on filling out the frontcourt.