Andre Miller is a Blazer

by July 24, 2009

by Ryne Nelson

There were two “AI’s” in Philly. So the team traded the legend. There were then two “Andre’s” in Philly. So the team let the older one go. Now the 76ers finally will be alone with Andre Iguodala, and we’re not even sure if they’re entirely thrilled with the situation. But that’s a column for another day…

So the “sources” have spoken. Within the next day, Philly will allow its only point guard (above the age of 19) to leave. Certainly, there’s the money issue — the team apparently didn’t want to lock up a 33-year-old for an alleged three years, $21 million. But ‘Dre became the silent leader over the past two-and-a-half seasons. No doubt he’ll leave a huge hole in the Sixers backcourt… maybe one so large only the Answer can fill. But that’s a column for another day as well…

From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Andre Miller’s agent, Andy Miller, has confirmed that within 24 hours Andre Miller will be a Portland Trailblazer.

Andy Miller said the two parties are “finalizing” the deal today and it should become official within 24 hours. His client, who has been the 76ers starting point guard for the last 2-1/2 seasons, will receive a deal that one source said was “an improvement” over the deal the Sixers were offering, which was reportedly in the 1-year/$6 million range.

One of the League’s most consistent and underrated point guards finally will get his chance to compete for a title. Miller’s missed a total of five games in his 10-season career (incroyable!) and has the fourth-most assists among active players. Last season, statistically speaking at least, was Miller’s most efficient year since his early years with the Cavs.

He doesn’t fit the young Blazer mold, like David Lee or Paul Milsap would have, but he doubtless has three more very solid years left in his legs. He’ll provide much-needed veteran savvy to an otherwise talented, but inexperienced Portland team. Good move for PDX.