Free agent sharp shooter Mike Miller has become a coveted free agent, with his price tag raising and multiple teams interested in him, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Market price for free agent Mike Miller is rapidly rising, sources tell Yahoo. Memphis. OKC. Denver. Yes, Cleveland. $4-4.5M per year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
Miller is fresh off a successful season with the Memphis Grizzlies, so heavy interest for his services makes a lot of sense. Miller averaged 7.1 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the field for Memphis. Perhaps more importantly, he also shot 45.9 percent from beyond the arc and played in 82 games.
With today’s NBA placing a premium on floor spacing, Miller’s ability to shoot from outside gives the him ability to help just about every team. Also, considering he hadn’t played more than 60 games since the 2008-09 season, the fact that Miller was able to prove he can stay healthy is extremely important.
The interesting name on Wojnarowski’s list is Cleveland, considering the Yahoo writer reported earlier Wednesday that LeBron reached out to Miller about joining him if he leaves the Heat. With Wojnarowski also reporting the Heat and Cavs are the final two teams on James’ list, it’s not hard to connect the dots that James likely spoke to Miller about joining him in Cleveland.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard also reported the Cavs’ interest in Miller, as well as the team’s interest in Ray Allen, another beloved teammate of LeBron’s.
All these reports work together to show that LeBron heading home to Cleveland is a real possibility.
But if James doesn’t join the Cavs, Miller will almost certainly go elsewhere. For the Thunder, he’d represent a bench shooter the team desperately needs. For the Nuggets, he’s another threat on an already deep team.
Miller has played with five teams throughout his 14-year career.