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News » Knicks admit interest in Andre Miller 2009-07-21


Knicks admit interest in Andre Miller 2009-07-21


Knicks admit interest in Andre Miller  2009-07-21
The New York Knicks, ever so carefully, are evaluating their level of interest in 76ers unrestricted free agent Andre Miller.

To that end, Knicks president of Basketball operations Donnie Walsh confirmed that he has had "conversations'' with both Andre Miller and his agent, Andy Miller. Walsh, just back from the Las Vegas Summer League, would not confirm speculation that he met directly with both in New York.

"We've had conversations, but with no resolution - that's the extent of it,'' Walsh said. "We're interested enough to talk, but we're not in any kind of deal mode at this point, and I'm not sure where it will go. I do think Andre is a good player.''

The Knicks could simply sign Andre Miller, or they could try and work out a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Sixers . The trouble with the latter possibility is that Andy Miller has been seeking a 3-year deal for his client, who will turn 34 in March, while the Sixers haven't been interested in anything more than a 1-year contract at the NBA's midlevel exception of $5.8 million.

And that window appears to be rapidly closing.

"We're in a sign-and-trade mode, which is where we've been for the last 3 weeks,'' Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski said. "I would say we're closing in on a time where we have to move on. We've been patient in the hopes of a possible sign-and-trade.''

Andy Miller said: "We're definitely looking at [New York] as an option. We've talked about a couple of other things, both internally and with Ed [Stefanski]. We're still sorting through it all. I don't know if I can say Andre's time in Philadelphia is over, but it seems as if a sign-and-trade is primary at this point.''

Andy Miller also confirmed that Andre Miller recently visited with the Portland Trail Blazers.

A source familiar with the Sixers' situation said Stefanski's phone has been quiet in terms of offers for Andre Miller, a situation eerily similar to the February trade deadline last season when it was thought he might be a valuable addition to a team hoping to go deep into the playoffs.

With nothing tangible on the horizon, Stefanski has begun contacting agents about free-agent guards who might accept a 1-year contract and fill a role as a combination backup and mentor to Lou Williams and first-round draft choice Jrue Holiday.

That list, according to the source, includes - in no particular order - Jason Hart, Carlos Arroyo, Bobby Jackson, Juan Dixon, Tyronn Lue and Brevin Knight. In a curious twist, Jackson and Lue are also clients of Andy Miller.

A little background:

* Hart, 31 years old: He played 28 games for the Los Angeles Clippers and 11 for the Denver Nuggets last season, finishing with a combined average of 2.0 points and 1.2 assists.

* Arroyo, 30 on July 30: He last played in the league with the Orlando Magic in 2007-08, appearing in 62 games, including 20 starts. He signed a 3-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel, but has an out in the deal that allows him to return to the NBA.

* Jackson, 36: He has been in the league since 1997-98, and appeared in 71 games last season with the Sacramento Kings, making 10 starts.

* Dixon, 30: He averaged 5.2 points and 2.4 assists in 50 games with the Washington Wizards last season.

* Lue, 32: He has been in the league since 1998-99, with career averages of 8.5 points and 3.1 assists. He appeared in 30 games with the Milwaukee Bucks and 14 with the Orlando Magic last season; he was deactivated when Jameer Nelson was added to the active roster in the playoffs.

* Knight, 33: He has been in the league since '97-98, and appeared in 74 games last season with the Utah Jazz.

Six shots Ed Stefanski will be in Las Vegas Saturday night for the USA Basketball Showcase game that will include the Sixers' Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young. The game will be the highlight of the 3-day National Team mini-camp. Toronto Raptors coach Jay Triano heads the coaching staff that includes Dave Cowens, Kenny Gattison and Jerry Sichting . . . The Sixers , represented by pro personnel scout John Nash, were one of four teams attending a workout for free agent guard Troy Hudson in Las Vegas. Hudson, 33, back from hip surgery, last played with the Golden State Warriors in 2007-08, appearing in nine games. *


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: July 21, 2009

 

 
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