Wait is over: Miller joins Denver Nuggets

Updated: August 1, 2003, 9:05 PM ET

DENVER -- Free agent point guard Andre Miller officially became a member of the Nuggets on Friday when the Los Angeles Clippers decided not to match Denver's $51 million offer.

"It has been a stressful last two or three weeks," Miller said. "I'm just grateful to be in this position and get this opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime thing for me."

The Nuggets offered Miller a six-year deal that includes a $10 million signing bonus. Performance bonuses could push the package to more than $55 million.

Miller signed the Nuggets' offer sheet on July 16, but the Clippers had until 10 p.m. Thursday to match it. No offer came.

"Now I'm just happy to get here, get this over with and move on," Miller said Friday.

Denver has struggled at point guard since Nick Van Exel was traded to Dallas in February 2002. The Nuggets tried eight players at the position last season.

"We had several objectives for this summer, one of which was met during the draft (in forward Carmelo Anthony) and probably our biggest objective is met today," general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said.

"We said that if we could get a top-quality point guard over the course of the summer, that we would all be excited. Today we got one of the best point guards."

Miller led the league in assists with Cleveland in 2001-02, averaging 10.9 along with 16.5 points.

He struggled with injuries last season after being traded to the Clippers, averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 assists.

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