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Timberwolves Reach Agreement with Free Agent Point Guard Andre Miller

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The veteran will back up Ricky Rubio and help provide some stability in the back court.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Free agent Andre Miller has reached agreement on a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell RealGM.</p>&mdash; Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/626526130082869248">July 29, 2015</a></blockquote>

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No details on the deal are available yet, but it appears that the Wolves have reached an agreement with free agent point guard Andre Miller, who will play this year at age 39.

Miller played with the Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings last year, and despite his age, remains durable, appearing in 81 games between the two teams. Miller is one of the savviest guards in the league, with vast experience, and while he is no longer a heavy minutes player, remains a useful part of an NBA rotation.

He's a terrific passer and can manage an offense, and also has the ability to go in the post against small guards and make plays from the block.

The Wolves have been rumored to be after a veteran point guard for a while, and Miller certainly fits the bill. It does suggest that the Wolves are not comfortable with Tyus Jones or Lorenzo Brown as the primary backup to start the season, an understandable position despite what many expect to be another "developmental" year.

This gives the Wolves 15 guaranteed contracts as things currently stand, and it seems likely that Lorenzo Brown (and his non-guaranteed deal) will be waived, which is disappointing as I think Brown is capable of playing in the NBA and probably deserves a roster spot somewhere.

There are other possibilities, including trading (or waiving) Damjan Rudez, and/or trading Anthony Bennett, but it's unlikely the Wolves will head into the season with four point guards on the roster, which means Brown is probably gone regardless.

Ultimately I'm reasonably happy about this move. I like having guys who know how to play around to, you know, play, and I think 15 minutes of Miller a night is better for the team than the alternatives.

As for minutes, I don't worry about it. There are always minutes available, and if a younger player earns them, that guy will play. Meanwhile, the Wolves have someone who can run their second unit and knows everything there is to know about playing NBA point guard.