We continue our look at trade-deadline deals for point guard Kyle Lowry.
Trade Candidates: Andre Miller & Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets
Analysis: Miller is a veteran point guard with a impressive resume. He’s had a falling-out with Nuggets coach Brian Shaw, and has been suspended. Apparently Miller is an obstinate sort who wasn’t shy about expressing his displeasure at having his minutes cut. His comments weren’t appreciated, and now he’s got no minutes at all.
Kenneth Faried, a third-year small forward, is nicknamed the Manimal for his relentless style of play. He’s one of those “love him when he’s your teammate, but hate him as an opponent” types. Faried’s calling card is his solid rebounding; he’s Reggie Evans with more offensive capability.
Verdict: Miller appears to have burned his bridges in Denver, so I’m sure management there would be happy to send him packing. He has another year left on his contract, so they can’t even grit their teeth and pay him to stay away for the balance of this season only. In short, they are highly motivated sellers. Faried has one more season left on his rookie-scale contract, and is a bargain at the price. The Trade Machine says this deal is a loser for both teams, but I doubt it’s programmed to deal with suspended players.
While I’d be deeply sorry to see Lowry leave, the arrival of Faried and Miller would buck up my spirits considerably. Miller and Greivis Vasquez sharing point guard duties is workable, and Faried is a player with significant upside.
WWMD [What will Masai do?]: Masai Ujiri knows both Denver players very well; he was their GM last year. I strongly suspect the battle Miller is having with current management would dissipate upon his arrival in Toronto. Put another way, I don’t believe Miller is a serial malcontent, and won’t be a locker-room headache.
Likelihood: 15%. I’m sure Denver would be overjoyed to do a Lowry-for-Miller trade straight up, but Masai wasn’t born yesterday. He will insist upon Faried, or no deal. Denver will wait until the last minute before agreeing to add Faried, and would only do so if they were convinced that Lowry’s arrival gives them a fighting chance for a playoff berth – and that he will re-sign.
What do you say, Rapture Nation? And Nuggets fans, how do you feel about this deal? Let us know in the Comments.