Andre Miller traded to Wizards, who surrender Jan Veseley (to Nuggets) and Eric Maynor (to 76ers)

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For any teams passively waiting an Andre Miller buyout, tough luck.

The Wizards swiped in to grab him before he could hit free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

CSNWashington.com has now confirmed this trade.

The Wizards remain all in for the 2014 playoffs, and this should help that cause. They desperately needed to upgrade their backup point guard spot. Washington has a net rating of –11.7 when John Wall sits, and Miller should stop the bleeding.

After the season, the Wizards can buy out Miller for $2 million, which is less than Maynor’s 2014-15 player option ($2,106,720). So, the deal clears future flexibility too, though relinquishing two second rounders is a decent cost for a player who probably would have been bought out if not traded today. Then again, what were the chances Miller would have signed with the Wizards? To upgraded, they needed to act, and they did.

The Nuggets unloaded a malcontent for pretty great value. Vesely, in his third year, is an extreme longshot to ever live up to his draft status (No. 6 overall in 2011). He just hasn’t figured out how to play at this level. But he’s athletic enough to still possess a reasonably high upside. Denver can take a stab at developing for half a season and then go from there when Veseley becomes a free agent this summer. That definitely beats paying Miller to go away.

The 76ers’ plan is transparent. In exchange for accepting Maynor, they got two draft choices for their trouble. Sam Hinkie, at this stage in the rebuilding process, is all about acquiring assets. Philadelphia is loading up on picks to either acquire young players for more tanking or parlay them into something. Not a bad plan.

Really, all three teams come out ahead toward their objectives – though the 76ers and Nuggets were aided by the mediocre Wizards being as desperate to win now as a contending team.

Update: Maybe the Wizards fared a little better and the Nuggets a little worse than originally reported:

If the Wizards traded only one second rounder, they certainly look less desperate to win this season. One second rounder is right in line with Miller’s value.

The Nuggets go from having it all in this trade to sacrificing a pick to save money and gain a little flexibility. That’s not necessarily a bad move on their part, but the deal can no longer be viewed as a total win for them.

Watch Derrick Rose leave Patty Mills standing still with eurostep, huge dunk

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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose still has some explosivity left in his legs. Against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night, the former MVP left Spurs guard Patty Mills standing still on a thunderous dunk.

The play came in the fourth quarter with Rose on the break and Mills the only Spurs player defending the basket. Rose had a full head of steam, and it appeared Mills was going to for the charge call.

Rose then craftily eurostepped his way around Mills, leading to the jam.

San Antonio beat New York, 106-98.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on resting players: “It’s complicated … kind of like healthcare”

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, along with LeBron James, has been at the center of the discussion about resting players in the NBA. The legendary coach has been credited with the idea to rest star players en masse during the season to save them for the playoffs. Meanwhile, after the Cavaliers sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love during a primetime matchup on ESPN, the team received a call from the league.

Commissioner Adam Silver has been active in talking about the issue as of late, and has even issued a memo to team owners to be considerate about resting players.

Popovich, meanwhile, thinks the issue isn’t quite as easy to clear up. Speaking with ESPN, the Spurs coach noted that each party in an NBA team has a different role and goal, and that sometimes those goals pull opposite each other.

Additionally, Popovich said asking owners to step in to make a decision over a coach or GM could be a serious issue.

Via ESPN:

But we all have different roles, different jobs, and different goals. We can’t satisfy everybody. But I think that every owner’s gonna be different. I think it’s a slippery slope, and makes it difficult to keep trust, and camaraderie to the degree that I think you have to have to be successful in this league if owners get too involved in what coaches and GMs are doing.”

“I think keeping owners informed about what’s going on is mandatory, and having input is fine,” Popovich said. “But I think there has to be an understanding that coaches and GMs have brains also, and we know who pays the bills. It’s a slippery slope, I think, if owners got too involved in that process. That trust relationship in those three areas is really important in creating a culture and making something that can be long-lasting.

What Popovich is basically pointing out is that GMs and coaches are hired to be the basketball minds for a reason. Having owners meddle in day-to-day decisions like resting players could muddy that relationship.

The San Antonio coach did concede that the best idea might be to rest players when they are at home, in front of home crowds who are more likely to have already seen their top players that season simply due to repetition. But Popovich isn’t in favor of broad, sweeping mandates on resting players from the league since that wouldn’t always be prudent.

“That’s why no basic rule has been written, so to speak,” said Popovich. “Because you can’t write a rule that covers everything. It’s complicated … kind of like healthcare.”

Chicago does humor with “Beauty and the Bull” snapchat musical

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The Beauty and the Beast movie is both a hit and ripe for satire. Or just amusing spinoffs.

Enter the Chicago Bulls, with Benny the Bull mascot and Robin Lopez pitching in on a musical takeoff of the film promoting the team.

Well played Bulls.

LeBron James drives through Wizards defense, dunks on

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Even when they are getting beat — and the Cavaliers have some issues to shake out before the playoffs start — there are a couple times a game that LeBron James makes a play that is stunning.

For example, splitting defenders out high with his dribble then going in and dunking on Ian Mahinmi. LeBron did that Saturday night.

The Wizards beat the Cavaliers and Cleveland has issues that are bigger than LeBron’s goggles (Boston can tie Cleveland for the top spot in the East with a win Sunday), but never doubt LeBron’s explosiveness.