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I've Moved On, Have They?

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Andy Miller, Andre Miller's agent (no relation) said the Sixers are still his first choice. During the season, Ed Stefanski said, or at least intimated, that Andre Miller was a part of this team's future. After going over this from about 2,000 different angles, I just don't see bringing him back as a step forward for this franchise. The question is, could they possibly see it differently?

I probably don't have to say it again, but I will. Watching Andre Miller play for the past 2 and a half seasons was an absolute pleasure. The guy is a warrior. Without him, there's no way they would've been a playoff team the past two seasons. There's probably no way Elton Brand would've signed here if not for Miller's contributions and the team's success.

That being said, I just don't see how this team is going to change, or make any kind of leap with him manning the point. He can't spread the floor, he really can't defend on the ball and if you're committed to Iguodala, Thad and Brand at the 2, 3 and 4 positions (which you should be), the point absolutely must be able to knock down jumpers. The offense just won't work any other way. Not to mention the fact that signing Miller basically closes the door on any kind of free agent signing with the MLE.

I've definitely changed my tune since around the trade deadline, but isn't that what the stretch run and especially the post season are supposed to do? Highlight flaws in team. You can't just ignore the weakness, or maybe hope that a marginal move will fix it. At its core, this team is very young, very athletic and very talented, but they're missing some very tangible parts. I'm afraid bringing Miller back will signify a mindset in the front office that they're nearly complete. Almost there and if they can only keep this group together for a couple more seasons, it'll happen. I don't see that when I look at this roster.

Now, if Miller called Ed Stefanski on July 1st and said, "Offer me $14M for 2 seasons and I'll teach Eric Maynor (or whoever they draft) to play the point in this league for you," it would be very, very hard to turn him down. Unfortunately, I think that's exactly what Stefanski would have to do. That money needs to be used to move this team forward, not cling to a model that got them bounced in the first round back-to-back years. I want bold moves, that could push this team forward in the future, if it's a bumpy road to get there. I don't want safe moves that place a glass ceiling over the team. I guess I'm just going to have to hope the team sees things the same way (or some other team offers Miller way too much money and makes the decision for the Sixers).
by Brian on May 28 2009
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