While I was making my morning rumor rounds I came across a small piece on Hoopsworld
. The writer talks about the possibility that the Sixers could move Andre Miller between now and the trading deadline.
It was your average, run-of-the-mill, conjecture piece with a few second-hand quotes from Andre's agent, Andy Miller, who basically said the ball is in the Sixers' court. Then came this bombshell is the final paragraph:
Miller is said to be seeking a $60 to $70 million package, which 12 months ago would have been a "no-brianer", but with the team finally getting back to respectability a long term commitment now might not happen, simply because of the early season struggles. The risk of losing Andre for nothing is very real, the question becomes does Philly blink and enter the trade market at the deadline?
$60 to $70 million package? For how many years, 10? If this is honestly his asking price, he's out of his mind. I love Andre, and I think the Sixers do need to re-sign him, but not at that price. Not for a price anywhere near that. I really have a hard time believing these numbers. They don't seem anywhere near realistic to me.
If this is truly the contract he's looking for, he's not going to get it. Not from the Sixers and not from anyone else this summer. Very few teams will be under the cap, and not one of them is going to want to commit $12M+ per year to a 34 year-old point guard. It's not going to happen. I don't necessarily think this means you have to move him before the deadline, but it does make the conversaion a bit more tangible to me.
Has anyone else heard he was looking for a deal in this neighborhood? Maybe it was just a number thrown out there by this reporter or his agent.