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Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

Posted on: July 24, 2009 5:28 pm
After failing in their pursuit of free agents Hedo Turkoglu and Paul Millsap, the Portland Trail Blazers are closing in on point guard Andre Miller.

Miller, 33, is on the verge of agreeing to a two-year deal worth slightly more than the $5.9 million mid-level exception annually with a team option for a third year, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.

The Sixers, whose youth movement Miller helped stabilize, decided early in the free-agent negotiating period that they were content to move forward with Lou Williams starting at point guard and first-round pick Jrue Holiday backing him up. Despite their emphasis on upgrading the point-guard position, the Blazers initially prioritized their pursuit of Turkoglu and Millsap -- in part because, like the Sixers, they were concerned about overpaying an aging point guard with a suspect shot. When Turkoglu reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Portland and the Jazz matched the Blazers' offer sheet for Millsap, a restricted free agent, Portland officials circled back to Miller, who had also attracted interest from the Knicks on a short-term, cap-friendly deal.

Devoting a little more than $6 million in 2009-10 cap space to Miller leaves the Blazers with about $1-$3 million to spend this summer. The short-term deal also does not jeopardize Portland's plans to re-sign Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge to extensions as early as next summer.

With Miller off the board, the Knicks likely will turn their attention to Bucks restricted free agent Ramon Sessions. While it is accurate that the Bucks may not match a lucrative offer sheet for Sessions as they try to rein in payroll, the Knicks are not likely to make a prohibitive offer because they are determined to preserve precious 2010-11 cap space for their pursuit of LeBron James or another high-end free agent. The Bucks, however, appear ready to move on with first-round pick Brandon Jennings as their starting point guard.


Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 25, 2009 1:35 am

Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

I like this pickup by the Blazers.  Miller will make them a much deeper team.  This team is going to be very good next season.  How about a thank you to the Grizzlies for signing Miles to that extension last season.  Otherwise this team would of had a little more money to throw around in free agency and this team is already stacked with talent.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: July 24, 2009 7:08 pm

Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

I guess this means they'll be throwing offer at Iverson soon.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 7:06 pm

Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

This is getting better! Not sure why everyone said this guy can't shoot; he averages over 45% from the floor, which is pretty solid for a point guard. Oh, I know, his 3-point shooting isn't great. We have a whole team full of 3-point shooters with Roy, Blake, Rudy, Travis, Webs & Batum; we actually need what Andre brings to the table, a nice mid-range game with the ability to get inside and dish it off. Over 80% from the free-throw line, solid assist-TO ratio and has been healthy in his career. I see Blake stepping his game up as he is a competitor and actually he & Andre would complement each other nicely when the need arises. And the price is right!

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 6:51 pm

Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

Portland is getting better and better everyday it seems.  I think Hedo is going to be upset come playoff time when he is at home watching Portland compete.

Berger:  A little off topic but is there any news on Von Wafer and his intent to sign with someone?  His attitude is a little bit of a concern but he has that spark that a lot of teams would like to have.

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2009 6:46 pm

Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

He will be a good mentor for Patty Mills, who will one day be a superstar in the association

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: July 24, 2009 6:40 pm

Miller, Blazers finalizing deal

I like it. Vetran point guard. Blake to back him up. Looks good to me.

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