You’ll recall that the Knicks were originally at the front of the queue trying to trade for Lowry in mid-December when the Raps were shopping him hard in the wake of the Rudy Gay deal with Sacramento. The Knicks are now said to want to work their way into the bidding for Denver’s very available Andre Miller, but the same problem that doomed New York in the Lowry chase a month ago -- limited assets to offer -- doesn’t bring much hope.
Miller, 37, has not played in Denver's last four games after being suspended by the team for two games for a confrontation with head coach Brian Shaw. According to the Denver Post, there is a slim chance Miller plays for the Nuggets while they try to trade him.
The Knicks' interest in Miller makes sense. The Knicks have received unsteady play from the point guard position all year, which led to their pursuit of Lowry earlier this season, and Miller is a veteran who has played before with Carmelo Anthony. While he's having the worst year of his career this season, as he's averaging a career-low 5.9 points and 3.3 assists, he could be a nice addition to a team looking to make noise in the playoffs.
The Knicks' need for a point guard may be diminished with Raymond Felton's recent return, but it doesn't hurt to kick the tires and see what the price is for a proven player. If Denver is asking for Iman Shumpert or Tim Hardaway Jr., though, it would seem to be too costly for the Knicks' liking. As Stein noted, the Knicks don't have many assets beyond that duo that could help facilitate a deal.
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