Forget about Bibby, he’s staying in Atlanta
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.