With the San Antonio Spurs in the thick of the championship hunt, it makes sense that they want someone they can count on – a seasoned veteran, for example – should anything happen to Tony Parker and Patty Mills. Enter Andre Miller, recently waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ray McCallum was supposed to be a welcome infusion of youth to the San Antonio Spurs’ bench. The trade that brought McCallum to the Spurs this summer was hailed as yet another instance of the Spurs being smarter than everyone else (and the Kings…not so much). Instead, he could never find time, putting up good numbers in the D-League but only contributing in the big leagues in spot minutes or blow outs. He still has a chance to be good in this league, but it won’t be for the Spurs.
Miller’s experience, poise, and ability to run the offense in a relatively mistake-free manner gives him the obvious edge over McCallum. The Spurs probably won’t count on Miller much – Parker’s had a bounce-back year due in large part to his improved health, while Mills continues to be a near-ideal back up – but they know he’ll be able to step in at a moment’s notice if the need arises.