Speights, Miller & more
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Speights, Miller & more
As Gonzo mentioned this morning in his Page 2 column, and we mentioned here two days ago, 76ers point guard Andre Miller has a new agent. Miller has one season (at about $10 million) left on his current deal.
I spoke this morning to Miller's new agent, Andy Miller. I did not mention how similar his name was to his new client's, but I did try and get a feel for when we might know more about Andre Miller's future as a Sixer.
Andy Miller said he has, so far, only contacted Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski to introduce himself as Andre's new agent. Miller -- the agent -- said the two parties have yet to discuss business except to agree they should sit down sometime soon and, well, discuss business.
There's a possibility that meeting could happen in State College during Training Camp (Sept. 30 - Oct. 5). But it also could be postponed until after the team returns.
Andy Miller said he has "no preconceived notions" about where this deal is going.
Speights at it "every day." Andy Miller (who will henceforth be the Miller mentioned) also represents Sixers' first-round pick Marreese Speights. Miller said Speights has been working out in Philly most of the summer. Speights, by all accounts, had a strong performance at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. I asked Miller how the time in Vegas helped his client.
"I know what it did for him," Miller said. "It gave him a whole new sense of confidence. He knows he belongs."
Miller said Speights is excited for camp, excited for the opportunity, even if Speights "doesn't know what to expect."
Miller also represents veteran Donyell Marshall, who signed with the Sixers at the end of the summer. Marshall is a native of Reading, PA. Miller said he spoke to Marshall yesterday and he expects his client to be back in Philly for the long haul in a day or so.
Royal Ivey, let's not forget. You'll remember -- goodness it seems like a long time ago now -- that Royal Ivey was the first free agent to sign after the Elton Brand deal. The 6-foot-4 Ivey signed on July 24. Of course, post-Ivey, the Sixers signed Kareem Rush, Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Theo Ratliff, Donyell Marshall ...
But back to Ivey. I spoke to his agent, Keith Glass, who said his client initially signed with the Sixers because he believed in where the organization was headed. (Glass said Ivey had two or three other NBA teams offering.) What does Ivey think now that the summer has ended and the dust settled?
"Royal knows all the additions have only made the team stronger," Glass said. "He's really encouraged with everything going on down there."
Glass said Ivey worked out five, six days a week this summer: lifting and playing. He also ran a free basketball camp in his hometown of Queens, N.Y. The camp, which Ivey held in the middle of August, had around a 100 kids.
Glass said Ivey worked out in Atlanta and Austin, Texas (Ivey's a former Longhorn).
"Royal called me last Thursday," Glass said. "He was in Philly looking at places ... He's very excited."
Smith update. Jason Smith, who tore his ACL in August, and had surgery last Wednesday, is just beginning the long rehab process. Smith, the Sixers first-round pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, tore the ligament in his left knee during an NBA-approved camp in Vegas.
Smith's agent, Marc Bartelstein, said his client is back in Philly, working with the Sixers' staff. (The surgery was performed in New York City.) Bartelstein said right now Smith's rehab consists of range-of-motion exercises as well as swelling reduction.
"It's a big hurdle getting that surgery done," Bartelstein said. "Mentally, he's great, because now everything he does is working toward recovery."
On a previous blog post, someone requested info on which training camps the Sixers' 'renounced contract' guys (Hill, Ollie, etc.) would be attending. Here's the deal: NBA teams must release complete training camp rosters by Media Day (the Sixers is Sept. 29), but most teams will be releasing rosters this week, usually by Wednesday.
Oh, and ... I know nobody cares about the University of Colorado -- you guys made that clear -- but chalk this up to continuity: The Buffs did, in fact, beat nationally-ranked West Virginia the other night. Although, like I said, I know nobody cares.