Andre Miller, the Denver Nuggets veteran point guard, will reportedly talk to Miami Heat officials this summer about playing for the team next season, according to a tweet from Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports.
Miller said following his teams playoff loss to the Lakers this season that he wants to play for a championship-caliber team at this point in his career and is willing to become a back-up point guard as a sacrifice for the opportunity to win now, according to Pro Basketball Talk's Matt Moore:
“I’ll keep my options open,” Miller said. “At this point in my career, if I’m going to be a backup, I’m going to be a backup on a championship-caliber team. Obviously, this team is a good team that's going to get to the playoffs, but the thing is if they are committed to getting to that next level to compete for that championship.”
“I want to be on a team that’s going to compete for a championship, and not use youth as a crutch or inexperience as a crutch,” Miller said.
“This team does have guys that can compete and can get out of the first round. It’s just whether I can swallow my pride and deal with being a backup point guard. I have no problem with it, but at the same time I definitely still see myself as a starter in this league. Like I said, you have to swallow your pride sometimes. These young guys are coming in and they're working for it. So, that's just part of the business that I'm learning.”
Miller, who will become a free agent this off-season, was making $7.8 million in the final year of his contract with the Nuggets last season. If he signs with the Heat, according to Tomasson, he would have to take more than a 50 percent pay cut.