Determined Miller Doesn't Want Trade

Chris Tomasson

Blame it on Rio. Blame it on the rain. Blame it on Andre Miller.

That third one is how many here are viewing Portland’s dysfunctional season.

Yes, the Trail Blazers have been hurt by injuries. And, yes, they’re
still a very young team. But Portland did go 54-28 last season to tie
Denver at the top of the Northwest Division (the Nuggets won the
tiebreaker for the right to hoist a banner). And even more was expected
this season out of the Trail Blazers.

It hasn’t been happening for this 13-8 outfit. So many are blaming the point guard who was Portland’s major offseason acquisition, but is coming off the bench behind Steve Blake. There have been rumors Miller, signed to a three-year, $21 million deal last July as a free agent, could be traded after becoming eligible Dec. 15.

"People are going to always point fingers, especially when you play one way last year and a new guy comes in and things change,” Trail Blazers shooting guard Brandon Roy said in an interview with FanHouse.

Roy agrees Miller has been made a scapegoat in Portland, but doesn’t believe that to be fair. Roy said comments he made last month that might have exasperated the situation were taken out of context.

"People are reading a little too much into things, and the comments when coach (Nate McMillan) went to a three-guard lineup (from Nov. 6-20),” Roy said. "I wanted to be a (shooting guard rather than a small forward) and people assumed that I wanted Blake to be the point and Andre out. And that wasn’t the case at all, I didn’t mind if Dre started or Blake. I wanted to be the (shooting guard).

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