TWO-time PBA Most Valuable Player Willie Miller finds himself in limbo after his contract with Barako Bull expired last weekend.
The 5-foot-11 guard is currently seeking a fresh deal not necessarily with the Energy, but with other franchises as well, a move that has been given the green light by Barako Bull management itself.
“Sabi kasi ng manager niya na si Danny Espiritu that they will explore other options,” team manager Raffy Casyao told Spin.ph on Monday.
Casyao said the team allowed the 37-year-old Miller to check out other teams this offseason, considering the Energy are loaded at the backcourt.
Aside from veterans Dennis Miranda and sophomores Jeric Fortuna and Carlo Lastimosa, Barako Bull also has RR Garcia and Chico Lanete, whom the team acquired in separate trades recently.
Barako Bull also drafted former Asean Basketball League (ABL) Fil-Am guard Phillip Morrison, which easily stacked the team at the guard spot.
“All the rookies we have drafted eh okay naman, but we still haven’t decided yet,” Casyao said.
The Barako Bull official said while Miller is now in the twilight stage of his colorful career, he remains hopeful the veteran guard out of Letran could still find a team this offseason.
“Nagpa-practice pa naman siya sa team, but obviously, nasa veteran stage na siya ng career niya. But again, okay lang naman sa amin that he explores other options, para maging win-win for both,” added Casyao.
Miller is coming off a decent stint with Barako Bull in a back-up role capacity after averaging 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 33 games last season.
In 14 seasons in the league, Miller has seen actions in six teams beginning with Red Bull, which made him the top pick in the 2001 draft, before playing for Talk ‘N Text, Alaska, Barangay Ginebra, Globalport, and Barako Bull.