Both Mike Miller and Drew Gooden are free to sign with any team they want, but just not with their previous teams. They are the most recent victims of the amnesty casualty.
The Philadelphia 76ers can look at signing them for a season or two. Miller and Gooden are no longer in their prime, but can be valuable assets in the locker room and as mentors for the younger Sixer guards and forwards.
What seems to be the biggest surprise is the Miami Heat’s release of Miller. He was instrumental helping the Heat defend their title and had one of the healthiest seasons in the past four years. Miller averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 15.3 minutes while playing in 59 games during the regular season.
Though Miller was popular among Heat fans, this was clearly a business move as the Heat needed to shed some big dollars to reduce their luxury tax.
Miller could give the Sixers the perimeter player they need who can play both guard positions for a low price.
The Sixers can also look at Gooden, who was somewhat expected to be released from the Milwaukee Bucks after posting abysmal numbers last season. The much-traveled forward averaged a career-low 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and shot a low 32.8 percent from the field in 16 games. His career average is 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds.
Even though Gooden’s stats have diminished, he saw his career resurrected in the 2011-2012 season when his scoring, assists and blocks went up. He can provide the Sixers with help on the boards and on the offensive end.
Either way this, could be a low-cost move that could see some big returns for the Sixers this season, particularly during playoff time.