Clippers fail to match Nuggets offer sheet to G Miller

Updated: August 1, 2003, 2:09 PM ET

DENVER - The Denver Nuggets gained some stability at point guard on Friday when the Los Angeles Clippers elected not to match an offer sheet to restricted free agent Andre Miller.

The Clippers had until Friday to officially match the offer signed by Miller on July 16. The Denver Post reported that the deal was worth $55 million over six years.

Los Angeles passed on Miller after deciding earlier this week to match the offer sheet given to shooting guard Corey Maggette by the Utah Jazz. The Clippers previously kept forward Elton Brand by matching the offer sheet he signed with the Miami Heat.

Denver has been searching for a point guard since Nick Van Exel was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in February 2002. Since then, the Nuggets have used Kenny Satterfield, Carlos Arroyo, Chris Whitney, Junior Harrington, John Crotty, Vincent Yarbrough, Shammond Williams and Adam Harrington at the position.

In Denver, Miller becomes an important figure on a Nuggets team that includes second-year forward-center Nene Hilario and rookie forward Carmelo Anthony, who was taken with the third overall pick in last month's draft.

Miller was named to the 2000 NBA All-Rookie team with Cleveland and spent three seasons with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Clippers. The Los Angeles native averaged 13.6 points last season on career-low 40.6 percent shooting and 6.7 assists.

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