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Timberwolves Waive Andre Miller

The Wolves released Andre Miller, reducing the roster to 14 and allowing them to address another need.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Text of the Wolves press release:

Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived guard Andre Miller. The roster currently stands at 14 players.

"Andre was a consummate professional and set a good example for our younger players on what it takes to be a pro in this league," said Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton. "We wish him the best."

Miller, in his 17th NBA season, played in 26 games for the Wolves this year, averaging 3.4 points, on 62.1% shooting, and 2.2 assists. He has career averages of 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 1,291 games.

This reduces the roster to 14 players and allows the Wolves to potentially address a need on the roster--presumably another big with Nikola Pekovic out indefinitely, Kevin Garnett not available, and Nemanja Bjelica ailing with a foot strain. Hopefully they will add someone as soon as possible, and it's certainly possible that they have a deal with someone in the works which is why they made this move now.

There are veterans available like the recently waived Jason Thompson as well as a younger guy like Jarnell Stokes, or any number of players toiling in the D-League, so I would expect a corresponding move to come soon.

It also thins out the point guard spot and means Tyus Jones has a pretty clean shot at the back up minutes for the rest of the season. We should get a good look at him in advance of summer to get a better sense of where he is as a player. I suspect the Wolves will need to find at least a plausible alternative back up this summer, since Jones has so much work to do physically, but it's good for him to get an opportunity now.

Andre Miller did some decent work for the Wolves this season in a very limited role. It will be interesting to see if he catches on elsewhere for the end of the season.