In Wednesday’s article about the Warriors’ best free agent options, I listed power forward/center Drew Gooden as a good fit for the Warriors. Apparently, the Bucks also considered him a good fit, enough to give the 28-year-old a five-year contract worth $32 million. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the news (he seems to break everything).
I liked Gooden because he was a veteran presence who can be a dominant rebounder and is a good defensive player. He’s no slouch on offense either. I don’t know if I would have given him a five-year contract, but that’s the Bucks’ prerogative.
I also listed shooting guard/small forward Mike Miller as an attractive option for the Warriors. According to Wojnarowski, though, Miller might demand more than the mid-level exception, which is what the Warriors can spend. Wojnarowski tweeted the following last night:
Mike Miller is turning into hot property, league executives say. He can expect offers starting north of mid-level exception in 1st year.
The Knicks, who have a fortune to spend in free agency, tweeted last night that they met with Mike Miller (along with Joe Johnson) in Los Angeles. I don’t think Miller is worth more than the midlevel exception considering his age, injury history and declining stats the past couple seasons. But teams have a lot of money to spend this offseason and it wouldn’t surprise me to see some teams overspend. If Miller is the beneficiary of that, kudos to him.
Update: Reportedly, the Knicks are hoping Miller will except an offer that is far below his market value. Here’s what ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported on the Knicks’ interest in Miller:
If the Knicks can sign two max players or three superstars, they’d have roughly $2.8 million left for Miller. He’s worth much more than that on the open market, but the Knicks would try to sell him on the opportunities to win.
The Knicks’ plan, according to Broussard, is LeBron James, Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire, who would all sign three-year contracts at slightly less than the max. If LeBron rejects that plan, option No. 2 is just Johnson and Stoudemire. Either way, there’s not a lot of money left for Miller. It seems like a long-shot to me. Miller will be pursued by other teams who also have the opportunity to win and will offer more than $2.8 million. I can’t see Miller settling for that small of a contract.