Veteran guard Miller waived

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Kos­mider Nick Kos­mider: 303-954-1516, nkos­mider@den­ver­ or @nick­kos­mider

The Nuggets have waived veteran Mike Miller, the team an­nounced Tues­day.

The 37-year-old guard spent the past two sea­sons with the Nuggets, av­er­ag­ing 7.8 min­utes and 1.4 points over 67 com­bined games.

Miller, the 2001 NBA rookie of the year and a two-time league cham­pion with the Mi­ami Heat, had a $3.5 mil­lion con­tract that would have be­come fully guar­an­teed Wed­nes­day. That would have been the third year on a deal Miller signed with the Nuggets in 2014.

Miller’s big­gest con­tri­bu­tion came in his men­tor­ing of the team’s young play­ers. He was es­pe­cially close with cen­ter Nikola Jo­kic, play­ing one-on-one con­tests with the 6-foot-10 Ser­bian be­fore nearly ev­ery game.

Even last week, af­ter a Nuggets sum­mer league game in Las Ve­gas, Miller pulled aside rookie Tyler Ly­don, of­fer­ing him ad­vice and telling him to reach out if he ever needed any help.

The waiv­ing of the 6-8 Miller makes him an un­re­stricted free agent, and the veteran has said he’s still in­ter­ested in play­ing. The Nuggets could po­ten­tially bring him back, per­haps at a veteran min­i­mum con­tract, but other teams will also have the op­por­tu­nity to sign him.

Miller, who grew up in Mitchell, S.D., was a stand­out guard at Florida, which he led to the NCAA cham­pi­onship game in 2000. He has been a solid scorer off the bench for most of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer, be­ing named sixth man of the year while play­ing for the Mem­phis Griz­zlies. He has av­er­aged 10.6 points while shoot­ing 40.7 per­cent from 3-point range dur­ing his 17-sea­son ca­reer.

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