Premise: The 76ers very much need a point guard.
Reality: They do not have one on their current roster, but Andy Miller represents two who could be very much in the mix for the coming season.
And that begs a question: Is Andy Miller serving as the agent for unrestricted free agent Andre Miller and Virginia Commonwealth draft prospect Eric Maynor an uncomfortable or cumbersome situation for anyone?
"It's a great situation for me," said Maynor, the two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year who was among five draft candidates working out yesterday for the Sixers at Philadelphia College Of Osteopathic Medicine.
If Andre Miller, arguably the team's most important player this season, were to re-sign, Maynor said: "Andre's an older guy , so if it meant coming in to the league and learning from somebody who has done it all, that would be great."
Andy Miller is already in the unique position of also representing the Sixers' Marreese Speights and unrestricted free agent Donyell Marshall, and said if Maynor and Andre Miller were to somehow land here he would view it as, "Eric being tutored by Andre would be a great opportunity that would add to Andre's legacy."
"I would welcome having a young guy with a mentor I trust," Andy Miller said.
Maynor showcased himself yesterday in a group with Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin; Jermaine Taylor, Central Florida; Jeff Teague, Wake Forest; and Stefon Jackson, Texas-El Paso, via Martin Luther King High and Lutheran Christian Academy. Jackson was back for a second time, largely to help fill out the field that ended up being depleted by the absence of Maryland's Greivis Vasquez, who tweaked an ankle during a weekend workout session in New Jersey in front of 23 teams. Early entries Teague and Vasquez have until today to decide whether to remain in the draft pool or return to college.
"You've got guys that are very talented that they're looking at; just to be in the bunch, it means something," Maynor said. "You just come in here and do what you do best, and I think I did that . . . I want to go somewhere I can win, somewhere I can contribute. If that's starting, then so be it. If that's backing somebody up for a little bit, I can do that also."
Teague said he had a workout remaining with the Indiana Pacers, but that, "Right now, I'm 100 percent in the draft. It's something I want to do. I want to make it my life. I've been working hard, [so] I don't see why I shouldn't go for it . . . I feel like I'm good enough to be in the first round. I feel like I've worked hard enough, that my skills are up to par."
Courtney Witte, the Sixers' director of player personnel, said he and the staff had been unable to convince Brandon Jennings, the Oak Hill Academy star who spent this season in Italy, to come in for a visit. "He's being considered considerably higher than the 17th pick," Witte said. "We've had multiple conversations with his people, but their expectations are that he'll be at a certain level [above No. 17]." Jennings, the Naismith and Parade Magazine high school Player of the Year in 2008, averaged 5.5 points in 27 games for Lottomatica Virtus Roma in Italy's Serie A, and 7.6 points in 16 Euroleague games. *
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