Tuesday , Jun , 30 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Portland Trail Blazers should call Andre Miller at midnight, July 1st

Signing Miller would provide ‘Rip City’ with an upgrade at the one-spot. Unlike Steve Blake, the Utah grad attacks the basket and, because of his considerable size, commands double-teams down low. Also, he’s a classic pass-first point guard, with career averages of 7.5 assists per game. These positives would more than compensate for Miller’s mediocre range …

Portland Trail Blazers should call Andre Miller at midnight, July 1stBreaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

Their News:  "The Blazers, one of the few playoff teams with significant cap space, remain interested in an upgrade at point guard and appear to have focused on Sixers free agent Andre Miller

" Ken Berger, CBSsports.com 

Our Very Quick Analysis: It would be a mutually beneficial relationship for the team and player.

Those are my thoughts on reports Portland is looking at inking free agent point guard Andre Miller to a multi-year pact. After all, the veteran mentored a young 76ers squad and could again play Mr. Miyagi for an improving Blazers squad that is close to contending.

Signing Miller would provide ‘Rip City’ with an upgrade at the one-spot. Unlike Steve Blake, the Utah grad attacks the basket and, because of his considerable size, commands double-teams down low.  Also, he’s a classic pass-first point guard, with career averages of 7.5 assists per game. These positives would more than compensate for Miller’s mediocre range.

He’s a West Coaster. Miller was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and enjoyed playing for the Clippers and close to home with the Nuggets. However, he prefers smaller markets and once told Denver media ‘The Mile High City’ was a perfect location because there were few distractions (I’m paraphrasing, but you get the idea). So Portland would be the best of both worlds.

There is also a sense Blazer-mania will return. LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy are an emerging inside-outside duo, while the rest of the roster is stacked with young, blue-chip talent. All they need is a wily table-setter, like Miller, to take the next step.

Free agency opens tonight at midnight. Don’t be shocked if Portland’s executive brass knocks on Miller’s door at 12:00 with an offer he can’t refuse.

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