It has been a crazy day for former Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller. Despite reports that he wouldn’t be amnestied, Miller was put on the chopping block by the Heat earlier in the day, and now, ESPN is reporting some interesting news about his future:
Per ESPN’s Nick Silva, only 4 teams can place bid on Mike Miller during 48-hr amnesty waiver period: DAL, MIL, PHI, SAC.
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) July 16, 2013
Nick Silva is a noted “cap-ologist” for the Worldwide Leader, and it seems as if his match holds up under the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. For clarification, this doesn’t mean that Miller’s services are only relegated to one of the four listed teams, but instead that they will have first crack at securing his contract.
All four situations would present interesting scenarios for Miller going forward. Dallas could use a legitimate wing, but his defensive limitations (to be kind) wouldn’t fit well with the new backcourt of Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon. Milwaukee lost out on JJ Redick, but has already secured both OJ Mayo and Carlos Delfino. Philadelphia is in a full-on rebuild, and well, Sacramento is Sacramento.
It would be a mild surprise to see the athletically challenged 33-year old claimed during the pure amnesty process. Instead, he will likely hit the open market and attempt to latch on with a contender for another late run. Those contenders will just have to cross their fingers and pray that he slips through the cracks.