Jose Luis Villegas / The Sacramento Bee

Point guard Andre Miller, 37, has played for five teams in his 15-year career.

Despite reports, Kings have made no trade offer for Denver’s Andre Miller, league sources say

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 - 9:23 am

The Kings have been aggressive in trying to improve their roster, having made two trades in the first two months of the season.

And they continue to be a part of trade speculation.

The Kings have been mentioned in several reports involving Denver’s Andre Miller, but league sources Wednesday night told The Bee the Kings had yet to make a formal offer for the 37-year-old point guard.

In Wednesday’s trade rumors, the Kings reportedly made separate offers to Denver:

• Marcus Thornton and a future second-round draft pick.

• Jimmer Fredette and a future second-round draft pick.

Miller is on the trading block after being suspended for two games by the Nuggets following a verbal altercation with coach Brian Shaw last week. Miller, who was upset after being benched for a Jan. 1 loss to Philadelphia – the first game in his career he missed while healthy – has been reinstated to the team but has not played since a loss to Miami on Dec. 30.

The Kings have talked with Denver about Miller’s availability but have not moved forward with making formal offers for him, sources said, adding no deal is imminent and the sides have not talked in a few days.

Still, the Kings wouldn’t shy away from adding Miller, who appears to have to played his last game with Denver. But a deal isn’t likely if it means Sacramento must give up draft picks.

The Kings’ 2016 second-round pick has already been dealt to Milwaukee in the trade that brought Luc Mbah a Moute to Sacramento last July. Their 2017 pick could end up with Chicago if the protections on their first-round pick from the J.J. Hickson trade with Cleveland in 2011 do not allow the Bulls to acquire Sacramento’s first-round selection. The Cavaliers sent the rights to Sacramento’s pick to Chicago in their trade for Luol Deng this week.

If the Kings’ pick is outside the top 12 this year, it goes to Chicago. If their choice is outside the top 10 from 2015 to 2017, it goes to the Bulls. If those scenarios don’t materialize, the Kings would send a second-round pick to Chicago.

The Kings would prefer to swap players and add draft picks – not lose them.

The idea of adding Miller would appeal to the Kings, who have been looking for more veteran leadership to add to their young roster.

Despite his run-in with Shaw, Miller has been a steadying influence on the court for five teams over 15 seasons. He’s spent the the last three in Denver, where he’s seen his minutes drop from 27.4 in 2011-12 to 26.2 in 2012-13 and 19.0 this season. He is averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 30 games this season.

The Kings also have been searching for another point guard to pair with Isaiah Thomas and for now have settled on Fredette ahead of rookie Ray McCallum. Miller figures to be a better option as a facilitator until McCallum gains more experience. If Fredette is still on the team in the event of a trade with Denver, Miller’s presence would allow the Kings to play Fredette off the ball as a scorer. And if Ben McLemore remains with the second unit, Miller is the kind of player who would look to set up McLemore.

There also are connections between the Kings’ front office and Miller. Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro was the assistant general manager in Denver and knows Miller, who is in the second year of a three-year deal. He is due $5 million this season and $4.625 million next season, with $2 million guaranteed.

Fredette remains a valuable trade asset because he is in the last year of his contract, so a team that acquires him would have no financial commitment to him beyond this season. His salary is $2.6 million.

Thornton makes $8.165 million this season and is owed $8.7 million next season.


Follow The Bee’s Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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