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Milwaukee • One of the most bizarre periods in Nuggets history has ended, with the team having traded disgruntled point guard Andre Miller to the Washington Wizards.
In the three-team trade, the Nuggets got forward Jan Vesely and Philadelphia received guard Eric Maynor and draft picks.
In another deal, the Nuggets traded swingman Jordan Hamilton to the Houston Rockets for veteran Aaron Brooks, fulfilling their need for a point guard. Brooks had to agree to a trade to be moved.
The Miller trade closed a 50-day standoff between the organization and Miller, who was excused from all team activities after screaming at coach Brian Shaw during the team's Jan. 1 game against Philadelphia. Miller was upset with not being put into that game. After initially suspending Miller without pay, the Nuggets reinstated him but did not allow him around the team.
Miller's absence was largely a non-issue until the Nuggets began losing point guards to injury. First, reserve Nate Robinson went down with an ACL injury that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Then, starter Ty Lawson sustained a serious of injuries. He's currently out with a fractured rib. The loss of Miller, Robinson and Lawson has left the team without a true point guard on the roster.
And, all the while, Miller sat. He was not under official suspension so he continued to be paid while the team sorted through its options on the trade market. The crux of the issue was the relationship between Miller and Shaw, which was broken beyond repair. Miller has stayed in constant contact with general manager Tim Connelly and occasionally showed up at the Pepsi Center when all of the other players were gone in order to work out.
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