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Nuggets want Miller back next season

Mar 14, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem (left) talks with Denver Nuggets guard Mike Miller (right) before their game at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER — Mitchell native Mike Miller feels he has more basketball in his future.

And the Denver Nuggets would like to continue to be Miller's team, in any way possible.

Miller, who signed a one-year contract with the Nuggets last summer and will be an unrestricted free agent later this year, said he'd like to keep playing basketball and said he's been OK with the role he's taken on during the 2015-16 season: mentoring veteran.

"Everybody wants to play more," Miller said, via The Denver Post Thursday. "But my job is whatever they tell me to do. I'd love to play a lot more, but sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. But I'm going into the offseason, my body feels fantastic, it's one of those years where my body is rebuilt. So, I feel good and I know I can help, so we'll see what happens."

Nuggets coach Michael Malone is the 36-year-old's biggest advocate, saying he wants the veteran back and glowing about the ex-Kernel's work ethic.

"If I have to make him an assistant coach, player-coach, whatever," said Nuggets coach Michael Malone. "Mike Miller has been tremendous."

Malone said Miller hasn't been deterred by the long season and has worked hard, setting the example for a team of young players.

"I'd love to have Mike back," Malone told the paper. "I think he's been a tremendous help for me, the staff and all of our players. I hope he's a Nugget for a while."

Miller, the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft now in his 15th season, has played in 44 games. He's shot 36 percent from the field, averaging 7.8 minutes per game and 1.3 points per contest. It's the first time in his career he's averaged less than 10 minutes a game but Miller and Jameer Nelson are the only players on Denver's roster with at least 10 years of NBA experience.

Miller said he hasn't put any thought into coming back to the Nuggets. Denver is 32-47 on the season.

"I still have a passion for basketball, so I'll be on the court next year," Miller told the Post. "And we'll discuss it when the season is over. I've always said, if I feel I can help, whether it's on the court, in the locker room, whatever it is, I'm going to continue to play. It's the only thing I've ever known."