Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's a wait and see approach with André Miller

By Anthony Caruso III

The Philadelphia 76ers have to make a big decision in the near future. Do they want to keep their stance of offering André Miller a one-year deal, or do they want to break their position and give Miller want he wants? Miller wants a multi-year deal.

Miller wants a 5-year deal for more than the mid-level exception. Miller made nearly $10 million dollars in the final year of his contract last season. However, the 76ers are only willing to give Miller a one-year deal for $9 million.

The Sixers do not want to sign the aging Miller to a long-term deal, because they already have two future point guards in place. Louis Williams, a former first-round pick, is a year away from running the show full-time and 2009 first-round draft pick Jrue Holiday is still learning in the summer league after playing just one-season at UCLA. When Holiday signs his rookie contract, both Holiday and Williams are going to be signed for the next several seasons.

Miller was acquired from the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson in December 2006. He didnot want to leave Denver at the time, but he found a home in Philadelphia for the past several seasons. But it's a waiting game to see if he will return to Philadelphia, as he's been rumored to go to Miami, New York, among other teams.

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