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Blazers ink Andre Miller, Cavs land Jamario Moon

Mr. Reliable: Miller has played in 530 straight games.

Mr. Reliable: Miller has played in 530 straight games.

Portland has stockpiled young talent but was in desperate need of an upgrade at point guard. The signing of Andre Miller fills that need perfectly and could vault the Blazers into contention in the West.

The Blazers signed the 10-year veteran to a three-year, $21 million contract Friday. Miller had drawn little interest form NBA teams despite averaging 16.3 ppg and 6.5 apg last season. The 33 year-old has played in 530 straight games.

The Knicks and Sixers showed some interest in Miller, but neither made a serious offer. Philly offered a one-year deal with about $6 million, while New York was primarily focused on trying to land Ramon Sessions and didn’t offer Miller a contract.

Portland was close to acquiring Bulls G Kirk Hinrich earlier this month in a purposed three-team deal that would have sent promising youngster Jerryd Bayless to Chicago.

Friday’s signing allows the Blazers to continue to develop Bayless while Miller and Steve Blake get the majority of the minutes at the point.

Moon to Cleveland

The Miami Heat announced Friday it won’t match the Cleveland Cavaliers offer to restricted free agent Jamario Moon. The 6’8″ forward will earn around $3.2 million next season while coming off the bench for the Cavs. Moon averaged 7.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg last season and gives Cleveland some much-needed versatility up front.

Cleveland is completely out of money after trading for Shaq and signing Anthony Parker and Moon. I’m not sure the Cavs did enough this offseason to get over the hump.


No Bull: Boozer says he will be traded

Boozer told a Chicago radio station Tuesday he would love to play for the Bulls.

Boozer told a Chicago radio station Tuesday he would love to play for the Bulls.

Trade rumors involving Carlos Boozer heading to Chicago are heating up once again. Tuesday, Boozer told Chicago radio station WMVP he expects to be traded “relatively soon or in good time.”

While that statement itself makes little sense, it’s clear Utah wants to move Boozer ASAP. The Jazz has until the end of the week to match Portland’s offer to restricted free agent Paul Millsap.

The Bulls have been rumored to be in hot pursuit of Boozer in recent weeks. A deal would almost certainly involve Kirk Hinrich and Tyrus Thomas. A proposed three-team deal involving Chicago, Utah, and Portland was nixed last week when the Blazers refused to part with promising youngster Jerryd Bayless.

Portland desperately needs a point guard and will continue to pursue Hinrich regardless of what happens with Boozer.

The Daily Herald’s Mike McGraw posted a transcript of the Boozer interview with the Bulls’ flagship station. Boozer praised the Bulls franchise repeatedly during the interview, compared Derrick Rose to Deron Williams, and even promised to try to lure D-Wade to Chicago next summer. Sounds like a Bull to me.

Meanwhile, the Jazz are scrambling to keep Millsap. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday team officials are considering taking out a loan to match Portland’s offer sheet. The four-year, $32 million deal would pay Millsap $10.3 million within the first week of his contract.

Utah will most likely match Millsap’s offer regardless of Boozer’s status at week’s end. That move could trigger a strong Portland push for Lamar Odom.

Amar’e heading north? Blazers in talks with Suns

Multiple outlets are reporting today that the Phoenix Suns are closing to sending disgruntled star Amar’e Stoudemire to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal involving LaMarcus Aldridge.

Phoenix would also aqcuire talented rookie Jerryd Bayless and Raef LaFrentz (and his expiring contract) in the deal.

I’m not normally a big believer in trade rumors, but this one makes a lot of sense. Stoudemire would team with Brandon Roy to give Portland a dynamic scoring duo. The Blazers are in need of another scorer to compliment Roy.

Aldridge much less talented than Stoudemire, but he would provide stability for the Suns. He is a capable defender, a good rebounder,and his accurate outside shot could help Shaq flourish inside.

The wildcard of the deal could be former Arizon Wildcat Jerryd Bayless. With Steve Nash in the twilight of his career, Bayless would figure to give the Suns a terrific replacement for the two-time MVP.

Portland will have room under the salary cap to negotiate a long-term deal with Stoudemire, who can opt-out of his contract in 2010. Although he has said he would prefer to play in a big-time market, Amar’e should know that NBA players seem to enjoy playing in Portland.

Stay tuned.