In an effort to entice point guard Mike Bibby to join the 76ers, team president and general manager Ed Stefanski offered the Atlanta Hawks' free agent a one-year deal this week, said a source who was close to the situation. But Bibby apparently wasn't interested and ruled out the Sixers on Thursday.
With his own free-agent point guard, Andre Miller, apparently shopping his services, Stefanski is seeking a player who can run the team next season while 2009 first-round draft pick Jrue Holiday develops. However, a Miller return is not out of the question.
Stefanski spoke with Miller's agent Wednesday, when NBA free agency began, and another source said the two had gotten nowhere.
Miller is believed to be seeking a three-year deal for an annual $10 million, his salary last season.
Bibby, paid about $15 million last season, plans to re-sign with Atlanta for three years, according to an NBA source.
The major sticking point between the players and the Sixers seemed to be the length of a deal. Miller is 33, Bibby 31.