George Karl is about to take over as head coach of the Kings, and he’s now got one of his favorite players from his Denver days. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings and Wizards have swapped backup point guards:
Kings trading Ramon Sessions to Washington for Andre Miller, source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 19, 2015
The Wizards had been looking for an upgrade on John Wall’s backup, reportedly sniffing around the likes of Norris Cole in the days leading up to the deadline. Sessions isn’t spectacular, but he’s serviceable in limited minutes, which is what the Wizards need him to be.
Miller was totally expendable for Washington, having fallen out of the rotation in favor of Garrett Temple. He was playing a career-low 12.4 minutes per game, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 assists. It will be interesting to see how the notoriously cranky Miller, who didn’t take kindly to having his role reduced in Denver, will react to a midseason trade from a playoff contender to a lottery team. But Karl loves Miller and reportedly pushed hard to trade for him in the last week since landing the job, so he’ll definitely see some minutes. It’s a good move to help the coach get comfortable in his new job.