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Thanksgiving Week Trade Drawer: What To Do With Andre Miller?

The bulk of this fan post is from a comment of mine -- which follows this opening paragraph in block quotes -- that's located in a main page thread.

"The one thing the Grizzlies need more than anything is a steady presence at point guard who’s a willing distributor, calm floor general, and very reserved professional off the court.

As it is, Andre Miller fits that description.

As it stands, the Grizzlies could soon be ready to give up on Mike Conley, Jr. — who’s having a subpar season this year — and, even though I’m not a [really big] fan of his, he’s young, cheap, has three-point range on his shot, and possesses room to grow.

Yet, Conley, Jr. doesn’t earn enough salary to make the trade work within the CBA rules; thus, there’d have to be additions to any potential transaction. For the Grizzlies, moving Marko Jaric’s overpriced contract — which expires after the 2010-2011 season — would be essential to any deal. For the Portland Trail Blazers, Travis Outlaw’s on-court value is zilch; however, his off-court value is solid due to having an expiring contract. That, along with the Grizzlies reported interest in him earlier, makes him a prime candidate to also be included in such a trade come 12/15/2009.

FROM MEMPHIS & TO PORTLAND
SF/PG Marko Jaric ($7,100,000)
PG Mike Conley, Jr. ($3,883,800)

FROM PORTLAND & TO MEMPHIS
PG Andre Miller ($6,730,800)
F Travis Outlaw ($3,600,000)
2010 Second-Round Draft Pick (More Favorable of Chicago’s Pick & Portland’s Pick)
$3,000,000 Cash Considerations

http://www.realgm.com/src_checktrade.php?tradeid=5294307

ROTATION

FIRST QUARTER & THIRD QUARTER

6 Minutes
Pivotman: Greg Oden
High-Post Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge
Weakside Cornerman: Martell Webster
Ballside Wing: Brandon Roy
Off Guard: Steve Blake

2 Minutes
Pivotman: Joel Przybilla
High-Post Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge
Weakside Cornerman: Martell Webster
Ballside Wing: Brandon Roy
Off Guard: Steve Blake

4 Minutes
Pivotman: Joel Przybilla
High-Post Forward: Dante Cunningham
Weakside Cornerman: Rudy Fernandez
Ballside Wing: Brandon Roy
Off Guard: Mike Conley, Jr.

SECOND QUARTER & FOURTH QUARTER

4 Minutes
Pivotman: Joel Przybilla
High-Post Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge
Weakside Cornerman: Martell Webster
Ballside Wing: Jerryd Bayless
Off Guard: Mike Conley, Jr.

2 Minutes
Pivotman: Greg Oden
High-Post Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge
Weakside Cornerman: Rudy Fernandez
Ballside Wing: Brandon Roy
Off Guard: Mike Conley, Jr.

6 Minutes
Pivotman: Greg Oden
High-Post Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge
Weakside Cornerman: Rudy Fernandez
Ballside Wing: Brandon Roy
Off Guard: Steve Blake

Going forward, that’d be a solid rotation that could win roughly 55 games and reach the second round of this season’s playoffs."

http://www.blazersedge.com/2009/11/21/1168667/media-row-report-blazers-106#25973977

For Miller, I think it's only fair to him that he's moved elsewhere soon after 12/15/2009 -- which is the earliest he can be traded -- as this murky situation isn't all his fault. Rather, it's a collective miscommunication between the front office, the coaching staff, the hotshot superstar player (i.e., Brandon Roy), and also Miller himself. It's unfortunate that this group of individuals didn't have the foresight to recognize that this'd be a poor fit for all parties involved, but such is life. Now, though, it's only right to rectify this mess, as that'd be in everyone's best interest.

With that said, I'm curious as to why y'all think of my idea and, moreover, the ideas that each and every one of you brilliant folks have regarding a potential solution to the McMillan/Roy v. Miller conundrum.

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