Sixers' Miller goes to Portland
Andre Miller is now a Portland Trail Blazer. After a month-long stalemate between Miller and the 76ers, the 33-year-old point guard signed a three-year deal with the Trail Blazers yesterday.
Andre Miller is now a Portland Trail Blazer.
After a month-long stalemate between Miller and the 76ers, the 33-year-old point guard signed a three-year deal with the Trail Blazers yesterday.
"I'm just looking forward to the challenge, you know?" Miller said in a conference call, according to the Associated Press. "I know Portland wants to accomplish a lot of things, and I want to add to that."
The Sixers will now turn to Lou Williams or rookie Jrue Holiday to guide the offense.
Miller was very steady and reliable, but the Sixers were interested in a one-year deal for about $6 million. ESPN reported that a source said the Portland deal is for three years and $21 million, but with only $14 million guaranteed. The third year, and $7 million, would be a team option.
Neither agent Andy Miller nor the Trail Blazers would confirm contract details.
Miller had been the team's starting point guard for the last 21/2 seasons, coming to the Sixers in 2006 from the Denver Nuggets as part of the midseason trade involving Allen Iverson.
Miller has played in 530 consecutive NBA games, which is the longest active streak in the league. Last season, he averaged 16.3 points and 6.5 assists a game.
"We are excited to add a player of the caliber and character of Andre Miller," Portland general manager Kevin Pritchard said in a statement. "He is one of the league's ironmen who brings a wealth of veteran leadership to our team and is a great fit for our young and improving roster."
Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski could not be reached for comment.
When NBA free agency opened July 1, it became clear that Miller and Stefanski differed greatly on their demands.
Miller wanted three years and a yearly salary similar to the $10 million he made in 2008-09.
Stefanski pulled his one-year offer from the table Thursday.
"Andre Miller did a very nice job for us," Stefanski said earlier this month. "But where we are stationed right now and what type of team we have, to go long-term is not a prudent decision for our franchise."
Stefanski also said he felt confident that Williams could do well if given an opportunity as the team's starting point guard. While plenty of time remains in free agency - time enough for Stefanski to sign a reliable veteran to help at point guard - the Sixers currently have two potential point guards under contract, Williams and Holiday.
"I'm fine with the option," Stefanski said about Williams just over two weeks ago. "I think Lou Williams has a chance to be that guy. Give him a shot. We're in a situation where we have a young nucleus of guys who have playoff experience, but we're going to grow with them. And to go long-term on a contract with an older point guard, we don't see that as being a viable option right now."
Because new head coach Eddie Jordan runs a two-guard offense, there has been speculation that an old-fashioned point guard is extraneous, or even that swingman Andre Iguodala could provide a reliable option at the position, but Stefanski has still been hunting the bargain racks for a solid point guard to help the team through what should be a transition season at point guard.