"...The Suns' chances to retain free-agent forward Grant Hill improved after a Suns contingent of Managing Partner Robert Sarver, General Manager Steve Kerr and coach Alvin Gentry traveled to Orlando to meet with him Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to sources familiar with the talks.Rumors have it that Hill could make a decision today. Also, Frank Isola states that should Hill stay in Phoenix, the team may set its sights on Andre Miller.
Suns guard Steve Nash also helped Phoenix's recruiting cause, putting in a call to his co-captain and good friend, Hill, to lobby for his return to the Suns. Nash's move falls in line with sources saying that the Suns and Nash have made significant progress toward a contract extension for the point guard.
The Suns pushed back a meeting with forward Amaré Stoudemire to woo Hill in person but are expected to tell Stoudemire that they are keeping him in their plans for the coming season.
Hill's decision was believed to be narrowed between New York and the tug of wanting to remain with the Suns, even if it is for less money. Boston also has recruited Hill hard but was limited to offering the biennial exception - a two-year contract starting at $1.9 million next season - and a chance at a championship run. However, Hill's role with the Celtics would be as a backup to Paul Pierce, and he would be a starter and leader in Phoenix or New York..."
"...The Knicks could conceivably offer Miller the same deal Jason Kidd rejected; $18million over three years. Another possibility is signing Miller to a one-year, mid-level deal worth $5.8 million. A one-year contract would give the Knicks salary-cap flexibility for the free agent class of 2010. Plus, Miller may be receptive to signing for one year and testing the free agent market next summer.The latest on Hinrich is that the deal isn't going down, but it appears the reason the Blazers may be trying to land the Chicago PG is because there is no way Philly will let Miller walk. He's asking for 9-10 million per, slightly higher than what the Blazers have in cap space.
Miller has been linked to Portland, but the Trail Blazers are reportedly working on several different deals, including one for Chicago point guard Kirk Hinrich..."