Tag: Mike Miller

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Tim Duncan wins NBA teammate award despite teammates not being allowed to vote for him


I like the idea of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. It’s noble to honor the NBA’s best teammate.

Chauncey Billups won the inaugural award in 2013, and Shane Battier took it last year. Both seem to be good teammates.

As does Tim Duncan, who won this year.

Watch for the fine print, though.

NBA release:

NBA players have selected the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan as the recipient of the 2014-15 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.  The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.

A panel of NBA Legends nominated six players from each conference for the award and then nearly 300 NBA players submitted their votes through confidential balloting conducted by the league office.

Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth; players were not allowed to vote for a teammate.

Here are the full results (first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, fourth-place votes, fifth-place votes, total points):

1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio (72-59-44-49-21-1494)
2. Vince Carter, Memphis (28-39-30-28-21-818)
3. Elton Brand, Atlanta (21-27-44-23-19-707)
4. Ryan Anderson, New Orleans (31-29-12-19-23-653)
5. Jameer Nelson, Denver (39-14-13-22-33-652)
6. Mike Miller, Cleveland (16-23-26-41-29-603)
7. Steve Blake, Portland (18-23-24-27-22-564)
8. Pau Gasol, Chicago (15-24-20-21-27-508)
9. Andre Iguodala, Golden State (19-18-21-19-15-493)
10. Udonis Haslem, Miami (15-13-24-22-13-440)
11. Caron Butler, Detroit (14-17-20-17-20-430)
12. Al Jefferson, Charlotte (11-13-21-20-46-412)

In case you missed it: “Players were not allowed to vote for a teammate.”

A lot of players outside San Antonio think Duncan is a good teammate. OK. That’s nice. Is that really worth celebrating, though?

They ought to rename it the Twyman-Stokes Hearsay Award.

Blazers waive Brendan Haywood after acquiring him from Cavs

Brendan Haywood, Michael Beasley

On Monday, the Trail Blazers acquired Brendan Haywood and his fully non-guaranteed $10.5 million contract from the Cavs along with Mike Miller and two second-round picks. They followed that up on Thursday by waiving Haywood, as expected. The team announced the move in a press release.

The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Brendan Haywood, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey.

Portland acquired Haywood, guard Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers on July 27 in exchange for cash considerations.

Haywood was never going to stick with the Blazers. His oddly structured contract made him an attractive trade chip but he hasn’t been a contributor on an NBA team in several years. The Blazers made the trade solely for the picks, and because they weren’t going to sign anyone else with that cap space anyway.

The Blazers are also expected to waive Miller, who will become a free agent and should draw interest from contenders.

Report: LeBron James OKs Mike Miller trade

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The last time one of LeBron James’ teams dumped his friend Mike Miller to save money – the Heat via amnesty – it bothered LeBron and contributed to his leaving.

Should the Cavaliers, who just sent Miller to the Trail Blazers in the Brendan Haywood trade, worry?

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Including Miller in this trade was a pure salary dump, but at least Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert has gone out of his way to spend money in many other situations. In fact, this trade gives the Cavaliers a trade exception that could allow them to spend a lot more on this roster down the road.

That should keep LeBron happy.

For Miller, a few teams are interested. But it’s hard to see the 35-year-old carving out much of a role anywhere this season. He might have just hit that point in the aging curve.