Sep 29, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Quincy Miller (30) poses for a portrait during media day at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
According to Shams Charania who covers the NBA for RealGM, the Denver Nuggets have released forward Quincy Miller following Denver’s preseason loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Denver appears to have their eyes set on free agent signing Alonzo Gee, who has turned heads this preseason, to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 21, was a second-round pick of the Denver Nuggets back in 2012. In early 2013, head coach Brian Shaw said Miller was like Paul George; a project in the making. However, Miller didn’t show any signs of progress in his second full season. Last year, Miller was given the chance to start due to multiple injuries but couldn’t lock a spot in the rotation.
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Quincy appeared in 52 games last season while starting 16, averaging 4.9 points on 36.7% percent shooting while collecting 0.5 assists, and 2.8 rebounds. The potential is there for Miller as the 6-foot-10 forward was only second in his class behind Kevin Durant — who if you didn’t know is pretty darn good. Miller tore his ACL during his senior year at Baylor which could have hampered his development.
Through his short career, Miller has averaged 4.5 points, 0.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.4 steals over 59 games.
Alonzo Gee on the other hand was a solid, veteran signing this offseason. In Denver’s preseason loss to Portland Tuesday night, Gee scored 7 points on 3-of-4 shooting, collecting 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 assist. Denver definitely likes what they see defensively from Gee and could be a beneficial role player this upcoming season.
Gee has been a bit of a journeyman throughout his five-year career, making stops in Washington, San Antonio, and most recently in Cleveland. Alonzo averaged 7.9 points per game, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists over 277 career games.
I would like to wish Quincy Miller nothing but the best of luck moving forward and hope he can prove the Nuggets wrong by releasing him. I love the potential from Miller but Denver has put themselves in a win-now situation. Best of luck, Q!