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Portland, Orlando talking swap of point guards Miller, Nelson

Jun 23, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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In what would be an interesting swap of styles and systems, the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers are talking about swapping point guards.

That according to Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress, on twitter.

Hearing Portland and Orlando are talking about swapping Andre Miller and Jameer Nelson, with the #21 pick going to Orlando.

Orlando has had concerns they would lose Nelson for nothing to free agency after next season, when he can opt out (as can Dwight Howard). And the Magic what to make some roster changes to show Howard how they are trying.

But how does Miller — a guy who shot 11 percent from three last season and is about driving not spreading the floor — going to fit with Stan Van Gundy’s system. Miller and his drive and get fouled or dish game would be a change for how the Magic offense runs.

Nelson in Portland… I could see that working out well. But he likely will test the free agent market next summer anyway (unless Portland extends him).

But there seems to be a little heat to this rumor, especially compared to the sea of rumors out there on draft day.

  1. ndirishfan1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Seems like a move just to make a move. Their per 36 numbers are virtually identical (Nelson gets 15.5 per game and Miller gets 14.0 but shoots at a slightly higher rate–likely due to lack of three point shots–and assists are a toss up with Nelson getting 7.1 and Miller at 7.7).

    This feels a lot like what Cleveland did in the LeBron situation. They kept making moves to show LeBron they were committed, but the moves didn’t necessarily make them a whole lot better. Rather, they got themselves into a terrible cap situation and didn’t have much flexibility to make good moves.

  2. sirorz - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Smart try by orlando, nelson’s basketball IQ is simply not high enough, now that orlando might loose howard soon, they are finally learning to be smarter

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