Nuggets sign Quincy Miller

With training camp a little more than three weeks away, the Nuggets’ 2012-2013 roster appears to be set with Thursday afternoon’s announcement  that the team has signed second-round pick Quincy Miller to a multi-year contract.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but it appears to be a 3-year deal at the minimum. As is standard with a lot of second-round picks, Quincy’s contract probably contains partial guarantees or team options on the later years of the deal.

It’s good news that the Nuggets were able to come to terms with Quincy and lock him up for a three year period. I had the pleasure of meeting Quincy and getting acquainted with his game at Summer League, where it became apparent that he’ll be more of a long-term project. Quincy’s offensive skills are going to translate to the NBA, but he’ll really need to fill out his body and round out his game in other areas in order to be effective.

Expect Miller to spend a good bit of next season either inactive or with the Nuggets’ D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. With a year of strength training under Steve Hess and a little more seasoning in terms of his overall feel for the game, the Nuggets can get a head start on molding Quincy into a future rotation player.

For now, the Nuggets can enjoy some quality depth at the end of their bench while guys like Anthony Randolph and Jordan Hamilton stand ready to fill rotation roles when needed. Backcourt depth is the one area of potential concern as the Nuggets struggled to make shots last year and will be extremely reliant on the point guard duo of Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. Hamilton, Fournier, and Stone form the reserve corps of backup guards and have almost no combined NBA experience among them.

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Charlie Yao

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  • Aaron

    Who do Yuhh think will play more? Fournier or Miller?

    • Gerardo

      gk wont play neither

    • Charlie

      Fournier’s the better fit right now. If he proves he can hit three-point shots there’s a chance he’ll battle Hamilton for minutes.

      The likely scenario is that neither play much unless injuries become a factor. Miller’s situation is complicated by Randolph. I really don’t think he’ll even suit up for most games, hence the D-League thing.

  • Eddie

    I would love to sign a 3 year deal for the league minimum, learn how to play basketball and work out with Hess.

    Dream come true.

  • Damon

    I see the Nuggets being more reliant on the guard combo of Ty and Iggy….

  • Damon

    I expect Miller to see a decrease in time ( at sg, at the very least ) with Iggy starting at the 2 and Jham off the bench. I could be dead wrong, though.

  • Tom

    Unrelated, but who do the new-look Lakers fear? The Denver Nuggets.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/post/_/id/32777/the-forum-where-do-the-lakers-now-stand

  • Ryan

    I live in Des Moines, now I actually have a reason to go to an Iowa Energy game, might be fun to see how Q. Miller progresses this year…

  • SmokinNugs

    “the Nuggets struggled to make shots last year and will be extremely reliant on the point guard duo of Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. Hamilton, Fournier, and Stone form the reserve corps of backup guards and have almost no combined NBA experience among them.”

    Does that mean you think Iggy’s playing the 3?

    • Charlie

      Obviously he’ll play both but I think he’s more 3 than 2. My main point was if Lawson or Miller are out, you’re purely reliant on three guys who have little to no experience playing.

      I don’t think it’s a huge problem, because all of them can play and fill in just fine. It’s something that the coaches and front office may not feel comfortable with from a depth standpoint though

  • dynamo.joe

    So I guess they decided they wouldn’t be able to consumate any more deals this off-season?