Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 30, 2009
(last post before my offseason break. I will be back at the end of August, hopefully with the new site up)
So after weeks of rumors, talks and non talks, Andre Miller signed with Portland.
I think this departure will make the Sixers worse. Possibly much worse. It’s a huge loss. Probably underrated by most analysts and fans.
If you followed this site you know I am a great fan of Andre Miller. I think he’s a really good player and was instrumental in getting us to the last two playoffs (short, I know) runs and making our kids better.
Portland did a nice move by signing him and expect Miller to have solid seasons there, it will be a great addition for the young Blazers core. I I will try to follow Portland closer next year and I wish Andre the best.
What will happen on Sixers side? I think we have to consider this move (?) from two standpoints.
But I have to be honest, overall I think Ed Stefanski and management blew this one.
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Posted in Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, Ed Stefanski, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Off season | 2 Comments »
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 22, 2009
Sixers just released this ‘shocking’ practice video:
I have few comments to make.
1) nice to see Dalembert practicing in offseason, he has a reputation for being lazy and not working on his game during the summer.
Good sign, he’s showing some serious committment (or fear to lose his starting spot? LOL).
2) his accent (french?) is sweet, I never listened to him speaking in interviews before. He really seems a good dude… too bad he drives us nuts with all his dumb plays…
3) Jason Smith looks BIG. He worked hard in the weight room, evidently. Props to him.
He is still explosive, though (did you check the dunks? similar to the ones he got us used to in his rookie year – like in the pic) and seems on his way to full recover.
I am a Jason Smith fan and I hope he will be back at 100% and contribute next year. Enough of him in press conferences and presentations, we need his arse on a bball court, and with a (classic) Sixers jersey on.
4) I like Jrue Holiday’s shooting form. He has nice mechanics. He has to extend his range clearly but he has a solid ‘shooting fundamentals’ base to build on.
He’s working with Mc Kie, let’s hope he doesn’t imitate Blue with the ultra-slow shot release (LOL).
In a period with few real Sixers news, this was a nice break.
Posted in Eddie Jordan, Jason Smith, Jrue Holiday, Off season, Sam Dalembert | 2 Comments »
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 15, 2009
Again, not many news on Sixers’ side, uh?
Yes, no blockbuster trades at the horizon, no all star signings, apparently.
Still I managed to get some info that I wanted to share with readers.
No breaking news or anything shocking, I warn you.
But still it’s important to make some things 100% sure.
So here is what Sixers4guidos just learned:
NEGOTIATIONS WITH ANDRE MILLER
Few days ago Stefanski said that Sixers were in “sign-and-trade” mode. No updates since, so that should give us an idea about the situation with Andre Miller and the likelihood of his return.
= no Andre Miller in 2009/2010 (not good news, to me).
COMPLETING THE ROSTER
The fact that Sixers are looking for three more players to round out the roster, and reach 14, is confirmed: Stefanski said “a guard, a swingman and two big men”.
No direction about specific skills they are looking for in those players (off/def minded, young/vets, specialists etc), but Stefanski has a list of players at those positions he is keeping his eye on in regards to the team’s needs.
(I hope Calvin Booth didn’t make the list, same for Kevin Ollie)
MAKING THE SUMMER LEAGUE AND SPLITTING THE TEAM WITH THE NETS Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Andre Miller, Ed Stefanski, Eddie Jordan, Elton Brand, Lou Williams, Off season, Sam Dalembert, Sixers4guidos | 2 Comments »
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 14, 2009
In a pretty quiet period with (no) real Sixers-related news, Hoopshype made this nice interview with former Net Bostjan Nachbar.
Why I post it here?
First because I have to prove I am alive, second because it’s an interesting read, especially in terms of understanding the economic situation of int’l bball and reminding the differences between european and NBA hoops, third because there is a fun Sixers reference at the end, as you will check.
Since the quality of the video from Hoopshype is not very good, I found another video of the same play, that you might ‘enjoy’:
So much for the “intimidating presence”.
Sam got shawnbradleylized there… :-)
UPDATE: since we are in a You Tube mood, enjoy also this great Dr. J – George Gervin video, via Twitter4guidos – FreeDarko:
(NOTE: I will be working at my new site in the next days, I hope I will be able to launch Sixers4guidos 2.0 soon, let’s say within the end of the month. Stay tuned, it’s gonna be a great, brand new blog)
Posted in Doctor J, Int'l basketball, Off season, Sam Dalembert, Sixers4guidos | 6 Comments »
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 7, 2009
This is the link to the news reported by Atlanta JC, and this is the excerpt:
Free agent point guard Mike Bibby has agreed to a three-year deal worth an estimated $18 million to return to the Hawks, according to two people familiar with the situation.
What does this mean for the Sixers? GOOD NEWS. For Miller fans, I mean.
1) one less option for Sixers. Bibby, rumored to get interest by Stefanski, won’t come to Philly.
2) one less option for Miller. He won’t go to Atlanta.
3) setting a reasonable range for Miller’s new contract. Bibby is two years YOUNGER than Miller and will make 6 mill per year, for the next three. Same contract of Artest, btw, both for length and amount of $. Funny, uh?
(Six millions per year is also what Kapono will make until 2011, but I’m digressing…)
This deal means that the original request of 3 years at 10 mill per year made by Miller’s camp is out of the market. They will have to calm their arses down downsize it.
The 2 year-16 mill proposal I (nearly) randomly made here few posts ago looks even too generous now… maybe something in the 12-14 mill territory could be more realistic. And eventually get the job done.
Again, I am all for keeping Miller. For two years. At a fair price.
Time works in Sixers’ favor. Portland is perhaps the only (good) option left for Miller, but the TrailBlazers will probably make offers to other FAs, such as Lee, that won’t come for cheap.
Interesting situation here.
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Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 2, 2009
Andre Miller, through his agent, says he wants to stay in Philly.
“Andre has a strong interest, a strong desire to come back”.
Ed Stefanski likes Andre Miller and thinks Sixers are a better team WITH him.
Ricky has always been a great fan of Andre Miller too and would like to have him back next year. And the year after.
In the meantime, the first day of free agency in the NBA was extremely interesting, with Pistons throwing crazy money at Ben Gordon & Villanueva (!), Clippers getting Q Rich for Zach Randolph (!!) – another proof that the “There must be a reason why they are GMs in the NBA and you are just a blogger” is wrong – and Portland reportedly close to make a huge offer to Turkoglu.
Rumors pile up, and since we are talking PGs, the three year offer ready for 36 y/o Kidd is the most shocking one to me, especially coming from a team in rebuilding mode like New York.
Back to Sixers’ PG situation, if the request of 30 millions for 3 years reported by Tom Moore is true, I would say ‘goodbye Andre’.
I assume the Dalembert+Green-for-McGrady trade will not go down, so Sixers have to mantain their flexibility for the summer of 2011, when with Dalembert, Green and newly acquired Kapono coming off the books they will have around 23 millions in expiring contracts.
So the third year, in any Miller deal, should be a TEAM option. Which of course the Millers (Andre & Andy, his agent) will be reluctant to accept. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Andre Miller, Ed Stefanski, Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Off season | 4 Comments »
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on July 1, 2009
The first day of free agency in Sixerland is shocked by this rumor (link posted first by poster GuessWHOsBack on the Sixers boards of Philly.com).
Yes, Tracy Mc Grady (I don’t care if he doesn’t play, that’s 23 mill expiring next summer) for Dalembert & Green.
Read it again. Yes, it WOULD be Sam & Willie out, Mc Grady in.
My fav excerpt of that article is:
“There aren’t too many other possible landing spots for Dalembert because of his contract and trade kicker.
“Every team has bad contracts,” the source said. “But that [trade kicker] just adds insult to injury.”
LOL (thank you also for this, Billy King…).
While my reaction to the Dalembert-and-Green for TMac trade is this:
Too good to be true? Sometimes miracles happen.
I know you are thinking Houston can get a lot more than that garbage package for TMac but… pray with me.
Posted in Lou Williams, Off season, Sam Dalembert, Willie Green | 2 Comments »