Mike Miller is officially a free agent and free to sign with any team in the NBA, but the veteran shooter wants to remain with the Memphis Grizzlies where he played all 91 games for the team last season.
Miller, 34, began his career with the franchise and hopes to end his career with the Grizzlies and hopes to sign a multi-year deal to remain in Memphis, according to an interview he had on Monday with 92.9 FM ESPN.
Miller averaged 7.1 points per game last season and remained one of the league’s top shooters from beyond the arc with a 46 percent clip from three-point range and his ability to spread the court is a valuable trait for the Grizzlies who re-signed Zach Randolph earlier this week.
“The passion I have for this city and basketball — they know where I wanna be,” Miller said. “They know what the market is. Hopefully, we can work things out, we’ll get it done, and I’ll be here. I feel as good as I have in a long time. I think there’s a lack of veterans in this league, as well as shooting in the league. I fill both those voids.”
The money will be the biggest hurdle and when Miller meets with his agent in Los Angeles on Tuesday to set up his schedule for potential visits, he will have to weight whether accepting Memphis’ tax-payer mid-level of $3.278 million is enough for him to stay home or if he’ll find more on the open market.
Miller may very well likely command an offer with a larger sum of money and maybe an added year on the deal, but then again you can’t put a price on playing in the city and for the team you are emotionally invested in and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Miller accepts less money to stay with the Grizzlies.