Miller signs with the Trail Blazers

It’s official: you can take Andre Miller’s name off of this morning’s post about the top 10 available free agents.

The underrated point guard has left the Philadelphia 76ers to join the Portland Trail Blazers, reportedly signing a 3-year deal worth $21 million, with $14 million guaranteed and the other $7 million as a third-year option.

Let’s get right to it.

Fantasy impact:

  • Portland:
    • Miller is now a Trail Blazer, which is good news for his fantasy value. (Flickr/bucko73us)

      Miller is now a Trail Blazer, which is good news for his fantasy value. (Flickr/bucko73us)

      Miller now has many offensive options to pass the ball to.  Last season, with Elton Brand out for the majority of the year, Andre Iguodala was essentially the only reliable teammate Miller had on offense.  As a Trail Blazer, he now has Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge as his go-to guys, not to mention other capable scorers like Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw.  Expect Miller’s numbers to return to 2006-07 form, with 13 points, 4.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game as feasible expectations.  It may take him a few weeks to get used to his new teammates, but expect nothing short of a strong fantasy season for the new Trail Blazer.
    • Roy now has a very competent partner in the backcourt who can handle the ball in pressure situations.  Don’t expect his numbers to change too drastically now that Miller’s here.  His points will probably see a boost and his assists might see a minor dip, but any change in Roy’s nightly stats should help his overall fantasy value, which is already quite high.  His development can only be helped by Miller’s presence.
    • Aldridge was already on an upward climb and the addition of Miller shouldn’t change that too much.  It will be interesting to see how Miller plays with Aldridge, given that the former 76ers point guard was only given 29 games to play with Brand, another skilled offensive power forward.
    • Steve Blake, the starting point guard for the Trail Blazers, has the most to lose here.  He’ll obviously see fewer minutes, which means that his fantasy value will be minor and only relevant in deeper leagues where his three-point shooting prowess will be helpful.  It’s a shame because Blake was an underrated fantasy point guard and showed flashes of real talent last season.
    • Greg Oden has resorted to seeing a psychologist to help him rebuild his confidence.  Miller might do some to help in that area, too.  While Oden’s teammates can offer encouragement through words, Miller will be able to encourage him the most on the court.  Don’t expect a huge improvement from Oden, but his natural talent and his new point guard’s guidance will most likely breathe some new life into the discouraged big man.  However, as always, his health is his worst enemy.
    • Jerryd Bayless, the second-year point guard who has shown that he can play in this league, will see his playing time held down by Miller’s arrival.

  • Philadelphia:
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