Monday, July 20, 2009
From the NY Daily News:
The Knicks met with free-agent point guard Andre Miller on Monday, the Daily News has learned.
According to a team source, the meeting between Miller and Knicks president Donnie Walsh took place at the Knicks training facility in Greenburgh. It is not believed that the Knicks made Miller an offer. Miller is hoping to sign for more than the mid-level exception of $5.8 million.
A more plausible scenario for the Knicks would be to work out a sign-and-trade with the Sixers. Chris Duhon would almost certainly be included in a deal for Miller.
Last week, Miller met with officials from the Portland Trail Blazers, who have money under the salary cap to offer Miller a contract worth $8 million to $10 million annually. There has also been talk of a possible sign-and-trade between Portland and Philadelphia.
Well I don't know how the Knicks can sell Andre Miller on the MLE. Not when he can get $8 million with Portland, an actual playoff team.
New York is really wasting time by trying to bring Miller in. If they want to create the mirage of a competitive club next season, there are bigger names out there to do so. Namely David Lee. But that's besides the point. I know it's the mid-level exception, but isn't the object of this game to get younger? Last I checked, Miller was well over 30.