DENVER (CBS4) – The Nuggets are back in action after the All-Star Break Tuesday night when they host the Suns at the Pepsi Center, but they still don’t have a point guard.
Starter Ty Lawson is not fully recovered from a rib injury, and the team still has a mess on its hands with Andre Miller.
Will Miller stay or will he go? That’s the big question Nuggets fans have about the veteran point guard, and first year General Manager Tim Connelly confesssed he’s not sure at this point.
“We’re still working through some things internally, trying to figure out what’s best for the team, whether it’s (Miller) coming back or we move Andre,” he told CBS4’s Vic Lombardi on Xfinity Monday Live.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, and Connelly says he’s doing everything he can to make the Nuggets the best team they can be. That might involve trading away Miller, who recently got into an argument over playing time with Head Coach Brian Shaw during a game.
Miller is in town and is still on the payroll, but he now apparently refuses to play for Shaw, and Shaw may not want him around.
“Emotions run high in professional sports. We were going through a tough streak. Brian was trying to shake things up, and we all saw what happened,” Connelly explained.
The Nuggets are currently 6 games back with 31 games to go, and the team is at a crossroads after being bit hard by the injury bug. Ty Lawson has missed several games, center JaVale McGee is still out with a stress fracture in his leg and Danilo Gallinari is now out for the entire season.
That means Connelly and owner Josh Kroenke are doing everything they can to keep the focus on supporting Shaw.
“I think it’s important with Brian as a first year head coach that the locker room knows that it’s his locker room. It’s his domain, and the front office has his back,” Connelly said.
Connelly said despite the conflict, he remains friendly with Miller and was just working out with him the other day. He calls him a “great guy” and says his outburst was “out of character.”
“I don’t think this should tarnish a very impressive 15 years (in the NBA),” Connelly said.
See much more of Vic Lombardi’s conversation with Tim Connelly, including Connelly’s recollection of working with Michael Jordan in Washington and why he enjoys working with Kroenke, in the Xfinity Monday Live section.