Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Miller Trade Watch Inching Closer to Red

The trade deadline is less than 48 hours away. The Mike Miller Trade Watch is as hot as ever.

There are so many Mike Miller rumors out there, I'm not even going to attempt to provide all the links. Go to the hoopshype rumors page and see most of them.

I'll summarize where we are at:

-- Mike Miller is clearly the most mentioned name right now in NBA trade rumors. He also might be the player most likely to be traded that can make an immediate impact on the team he is traded to.

-- Miller's name has been linked to something like 11 teams (Denver, Clippers, Miami, Dallas, New Jersey, Indiana, Spurs, Blazers, Bulls, Cleveland, Lakers).

-- Denver seems to be the most interested, but also seem to be looking at either Miller or Artest (wait, they also want Lowry too!).

-- Cleveland seems to be the next most interested in Miller (and Lowry as well, imagine that). Although the problem with Cleveland is that they have very little to offer. Check out this craptastic trade offering Chad Ford spits our way.

The deal, as described to me by a player agent, would send Miller, Cardinal and Lowry to the Cavaliers for Ira Newble, Donyell Marshall, Shannon Brown, Cedric Simmons and Dwayne Jones along with cash and at least one first-round pick from Cleveland.
The trade works using the RealGM Trade Checker, but I still say Yuck! I understand this pu-pu platter contains the prerequisite expiring contracts and draft picks, but I would hope we could land at least 1 current player to add to our nucleus when trading Miller (and/or Lowry). Even getting rid of Cardinal's two more years isn't that exciting because Marshall has one more year left. I understand the reasoning in also trading Miller now and increasing our cap space even further, but I'm still dumbfounded why a cheap and producing player like Lowry must also get traded for nothing? He cost very little, has been a solid backup, and currently nobody else on the roster looks like a full time backup PG. Why is it a must we trade Lowry before the deadline again?

-- Rumor has the Clippers wanting to send Sam Cassell and filler for Miller (what? how does that makes sense? are we buying him out too?), but the Griz wanted their pick and they said no to that.

-- Rumor has it that Indiana has offered Daniels and Diogu (I'm not appalled, at least).

-- On the radio, Verno and Hassletine were fairly certain that Miller would be traded.

-- Miller, after getting undercut by Ridnour, was suddenly done playing for the rest of the Sonics game. Didn't want to risk injury before a trade???

-- A report was that Miller said bye to all his teammates before the all-star break, just in case he was traded before the Sonics game. And another report then mentioned that he flew to Seattle for the game on his own and his teammates were happy to see him show up for work at the team hotel.

It sure seems that Miller is going to be traded before Thursday. And if not then, it is highly unlikely he plays with the Griz in 08-09. Miller's trade value seems to be as high as ever right now, as many teams are rumored to be chasing him pretty hard. I hope Wallace can turn a Miller trade into something good for the team. If Miller does make it past the trade deadline, I'd fully expect to see him moved during the draft. The Mike Miller Trade Watch never seems to end...

BallHype: hype it up!


Anonymous said...

where was miller during the 2nd half in seattle? i did not see him on the bench. hurt? traded?

zack said...

ridnour undercut him and he sat the rest of the game due to a "sore" back.....a little extra cautious i believe due to the trade deadline...

Anonymous said...

Gee, Mr. Conspiracy Theorist, are you wearing your tinfoil hat so the moon doesn't steal your thoughts?

Ronan said...

Why do we have to trade him? Why do you want to get rid of our good players? Is that you Chris? Step away from the pie chart.....

ChipC3 said...

If Memphis is looking to build a team with youth then Miller doesn't fit into the long range plans of the team. I think that is obvious but the team isn't going to trade their best veteran for junk either. Wallace is looking to make a deal that makes good business sense and good basketball sense.

Now did Miller pull out of the game in a mild protest to not being traded yet?

That is probably another question that should be talked about over at the Grizzlies Message Board. Personally I think he hurt his back and it didn't make sense to do any serious damamge at this point but I am sure some conspiracy fans will make it out to be some bad attitude on Miller's part.

MemphisX said...

Same injury as Pau...Memphis cramps.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if he gets traded, they arent not going to the playoffs anyway

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