Thursday, July 18, 2013
Memphis targeting Mike Miller?
By Joe Kaiser
UPDATE: With Cleveland reportedly interested in making an amnesty waiver claim for Mike Miller and Houston being another team rumored to be in the mix, Memphis is a third team to emerge as a possible landing spot.
Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal tweets earlier today that Miller says a Grizzlies reunion is a "definite possibility" if he clears waivers. Miller played with the Grizzlies from the 2002-03 to 2007-08 seasons, and could clear waivers if under-the-cap teams like the Cavaliers decide to pass given the concerns with Miller's recent history of back troubles. If the Cavs pass, Miller would then conceivably have the opportunity to choose between Memphis and Houston.
Following Miami's decision today to waive veteran swingman Mike Miller via the amnesty provision, a move that saves the team nearly $17 million in luxury this season, it sounds as though the 33-year-old would like to continue his playing career rather than pocket the $12.8 million owed to him and simply retire.
The question, then, is where the 3-point shooter will end up next season.
For a veteran in his final years of his NBA career, and one coming off back-to-back championships like Miller, one has to believe he'll only be interested in landing on a true contender. If that proves to be true, it reduces his list of suitors significantly.
Teams that fit that description like Brooklyn, Chicago, Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers could show interest in signing Miller to a short contract worth the veteran's minimum, even if it means making a move or two to accommodate the roster move.