Blazers listening to Andre Miller trade offers
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  1. cedricmasonstone
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    Posted 06/18/2011 10:09 AM

    Portland Trail Blazers GM Chad Buchanan says the team is being "very aggressive' in pursuing trades and that point guard Andre Miller is drawing "a lot of interest." Posted by Ben Golliver. andre-miller

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have gone through two GMs in 11 months and have endured too many knee injuries to count. In that time, there have only been a few constants. At the top of the list: point guard Andre Miller.

    Miller has missed just one game since 2002-2003, a forced suspension that resulted when he body-checked Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin last December in retaliation for what he felt were two dirty plays in rebounding scrums.

    Since arriving in Portland in the summer of 2009, Miller has moved into a starting role, averaging 12.7 points and a team-high 7.0 assists in 2010-2011 despite being 35 years old.

    His on-court consistency hasn't bought him any certainty this offseason. His $7.8 million contract for next season is fully non-guaranteed, meaning the Blazers can choose to waive him prior to June 30 without needing to pay off the balance of his deal.

    Speaking from the team's Tualatin practice facility on Thursday, Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said that while the team values Miller's play, it is keeping its options open.

    "We've spoken with Andre a little bit," Buchanan said. "Obviously he's aware of what his contract situation is. He knows how we feel about him. We're going to see as we listen around the league. There's a lot of interest in Andre for various reasons. At the same time, we value him and realize what he's done for us the last two years.

    "There's a lot of respect around the league for Andre. Both for what he's done for us in his entire career, people talk about his age but the guy hasn't missed a game in seven or eight years."

    Teams could be interested in Miller for two reasons. First, as a steady veteran point guard (starting or back-up) who can still produce at a rate that makes the $7.8 million figure not look totally outrageous. Second, the non-guaranteed nature of his deal means that it functions an expiring contract to facilitate a draft day move. Trading for Miller could help a team match salaries or dump a contract on or around the draft day before waiving him prior to June 30, avoiding any future salary commitment.

    Reading between the lines, the Blazers seem to be exploring their options and approaching Miller as their fall-back option at point guard.

    "If Andre is back as our point guard next year we're very happy with that," Buchanan said. "Like any other player, if there's a chance to improve your team, you're going to listen to what offers are out here."

    Miller was reportedly shopped at the February trade deadline but remained in Portland after the Blazers traded a package of smaller assets to acquire forward Gerald Wallace from the Charlotte Bobcats. Buchanan said that the team is being "very aggressive" in pursuing draft day deals and admitted that point guard is a position that needs to be addressed.

    "The point guard and some depth in the frontcourt is going to be something that we have to address," Buchanan said. "Andre has been a rock for us but we realize where he's at, the stage of his career, we're going to have to address that position moving forward at some point. [Center] Marcus Camby is obviously at the tail end of his career as well. Those are kind of the two areas that we're looking to address, whether it's draft, through trade or free agency."

    Buchanan, who stepped in as acting GM when former GM Rich Cho was abruptly fired by owner Paul Allen in May, seemed excited when he said that draft week trade talks are already underway.

    "This time of year around the league, it's a lot of dialogue between teams," Buchanan said. "We've been very aggressive reaching out to teams and we've had a lot of calls. There's a lot of interest in some of our players as you can imagine. A lot of dialogue. As you get closer to the draft, there's a lot more serious talk. The offers get a little more concrete at that point. Up until now, it's a little more flirtation, you could call it, between teams. In the next four to five days things will pick up even more."

    Conventional wisdom in Portland dictates that any trade involving Miller this summer will net a starting caliber point guard in return. Behind Miller, point guard isn't exactly a position of strength for Portland. Backup Patty Mills could become a restricted free agent this summer if Portland extends a qualifying offer to him. Otherwise, Portland's optinos are to play off guards Brandon Roy or Rudy Fernandez out of position or turn to two relatively untested guards coming off of their rookie season: Armon Johnson and Elliot Williams.
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  1. Employee#17
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    Posted 06/18/2011 1:46 PM

    I wonder which teams would be inrested in him. I know the heat have been wanting him, but they don't have much to offer us. Do you guys think most teams want him as a player or for his expiring contract? Buchanan says he would expect to get a starting caliber point guard in return. What team would give up a starting caliber point guard for Andre? I guess the Jazz stick out with Devin Harris. To get Walker or another high caliber pg in the draft it would take more than Andre to get them. With the draft five days away I am trying to figure out what we are going to do, but with the Blazers you never know until it happens. They're crazy like that.
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  1. caseyholdahl
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    Posted 06/18/2011 1:53 PM

    Thing about trading Andre is that you HAVE to get a starting point guard back in return. Buchanan said after today's workout that there weren't any PGs in this draft that would be able to come in and run this team from day 1, so trading Andre for a guy like Kemba seems a bit far fetched at this point. If i had to guess, I'd say Andre will be a Trail Blazer come the start of the 2011-12 season.
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  1. freddead
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    Posted 06/18/2011 4:22 PM

    i hope not if were gunna get any value out of trading him its now or never and i know hes done pretty good but he is 35
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 06/18/2011 4:42 PM

    He's the only Blazer we got that doesn't get hurt. I think we should keep him. The Blazer Coaches need to do a better job at getting that tubber Patty Mills into shape, and getting Armon game ready.
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  1. L.T.G
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    Posted 06/18/2011 6:31 PM

    I am fine with keeping him(Miller), but we should still look for a back up that can come in and provide energy, experience,consistency and bring some outside punch to complete Dre. I Dont believe we have that currently in our back up pg's. On another topic, I really like that Faried kid..he would look good in a blazers uni.
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  1. tigerjoe34
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    Posted 06/18/2011 7:27 PM

    im a fan of bringing rondo to portland in trade for greg oden
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 06/18/2011 9:33 PM

    I don't see why we don't hang onto Miller until he's ready to retire. He's the caliber of player that will play hard and have a positive impact on his team until he retires. I know we all want a point guard of the future, but Miller is exactly the kind of player you don't mind keeping until the end. And, if he sticks around for long enough, he's on the team when you find a PGOTF and need to train him up. The FIRST person I want training our next starting PG is Andre. No question.
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  1. mbmurr1
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    Posted 06/19/2011 5:45 AM

    Find a good trade !!!!
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  1. Herr
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    Posted 06/19/2011 7:37 PM

    I agree with Casey on this one.  With the Mavericks, which imo is NOT the best team in the NBA, winning the championship, it kind of shows me that nearly any team has a chance, as the NBA is very balanced in todays day and age.  My guess is that Andre will be here next season and the Mavs won't repeat.  Portland, at least in my opinion, is about one or two moves away from winning a championship.  That doesn't include Greg Oden, so if Greg Oden stays healthy, this team is a championship contender regardless.  The last thing you want to do is take a step backwards when you're so close, especially after everything we've been through, thinking that we'd have to go back and rebuild until LaMarcus stepped up.  Getting rid of Dre and putting very inexperienced players in the drivers seat is a sure sign that we won't be going where we want to.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 06/19/2011 7:55 PM

    Posted By Herr on 06/19/2011 7:37 PM
    I agree with Casey on this one.  With the Mavericks, which imo is NOT the best team in the NBA, winning the championship, it kind of shows me that nearly any team has a chance, as the NBA is very balanced in todays day and age.  

    what is everoyne bi polar now.
    less than a month ago you were still sure that the Refs are against anything positive in Portland....

    Casey made perfect sense in the fact that, " if andre goes, this team will need a PG ( a starter ) in return, one who runs an offense."

    and as much as it makes sense that Dallas wasnt even predicted to win and yet they did, i still dont see anything compelling to believe that it is going to be much different next year......

    Portland sits around too long, before you know it Miller is going to be working on another consecutive game streak here in Portland, if he is going to get traded it better be soon because Nates offense ( i am hoping ) will have to change after realizing he only figured everything out right up till the playoffs.
    so that means its going to take more time for players to adjust to the new type of play, otherwise why even try next season......

    If miller goes, i dont see this team making it in the playoffs next season.....
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  1. Ricky
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    Posted 06/20/2011 11:24 AM

    I agree if we trade Miller we need a starting point guard in return.  My guess would be Harris or Felton.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 06/21/2011 5:07 PM

    Keep Miller unless we can land someone like Harris and concentrate on the Ctr/PF positions. Miller is a rock solid PG with no injuries and a highly consistant player and that is more than what 95% of the NBA can say at their PG spot. Let us see what Armon does this year and we get us a back up PF and a consistant shooter we can rely on.
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  1. car889
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    Posted 06/21/2011 5:58 PM

    What about trading for Brandon Jennings would be a good fit here?
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