Rounding out their free agency, the New Orleans Pelicans have officially re-signed small forward Darius Miller.
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has re-signed free agent forward Darius Miller. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
Signed on a one year deal worth the veterans minimum, third year forward Darius Miller could see a spike in playing time this season with Al-Fariq Aminu out of the picture.
Agreeing to a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, Aminu heading to the Dallas Mavericks, this opens up the small forward depth chart in New Orleans. Along with Miller, the Pelicans have Tyreke Evans, Luke Babbitt, and second-year small forward James Southerland.
Depending on how Monty Williams chooses to use Tyreke Evans, Miller could be thrusted into a starter role. While he isn’t as talented a player as Aminu was, Miller gives the Pelicans the option of having a floor-spacing small forward on the floor with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, and Omer Asik–at least depending on which Miller shows up.
In his rookie season, Miller shot 39% from three. During the following season, that number dropped to 32%. If Miller can find a balance between those two, he’ll fit in perfectly with the others as Davis, Gordon, and Holiday will create many open opportunities for the 24-year-old forward from behind the arch.
Last season, Miller averaged 4.4 points in 45 games as a Pelican.