Andre Miller returns to Denver with a smile

Seems like Andre Miller has some mixed feelings about being traded by Portland on Draft night, but is happy to be going back to team and coaching staff he used to play for with the Denver Nuggets.

We'll miss you Dre. Thanks for two awesome seasons

Miller, who was interviewed by a Nuggets beat writer for their official website, said he said expecting a trade anyway: “My agent told me there were possibilities of me being moved, he said there as ‘active dialogue’ and left it at that.

It’s a somewhat different looking Nuggets team than Miller played for back in 2005-06. With no Carmelo Anthony or Chauncey Billups in the lineup, Miller will have to compete with up and coming point gaurd Ty Lawson for the starting role stating: “I’m going to leave that up to the coaching staff. At this point in my career, the main thing is to continue to do what I’ve been doing and be a leader.”

What has made the transaction easier for Miller has been the positive relationship he has with long time Denver coach George Karl who have known each other for quite some time: There’s a certain respect level we have for each other. He can talk to me, I can talk to him. I think he understands how I like to play and I understand the way he wants to play and why he makes decisions.”

The rest of the article goes on to state that although Miller has signed a one-year agreement with the club, he wishes to complete a total of three more years in the league before facing retirement and would like to retire as a Nugget, considering too that he already owns a house in the area.

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full article can be read here: Miller happy to return to the comforts of Denver