NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Mike Miller, Marcus Camby and More
The sheer amount of buzz surrounding the 2013 NBA offseason may be slowing down, but the rumor mill certainly hasn’t gone quiet.
There are still plenty of unsigned talents and more joining the unemployment line every day, thanks to the latest collective bargaining agreement’s amnesty clause, buyouts and more.
Let’s take a look at the latest news and rumors concerning those cap casualties and more in Saturday’s rumor roundup.
Mike Miller to Join Thunder?
The Oklahoma City Thunder made an impressive run to the NBA Finals back in 2012, but lost in five games to the Miami Heat and had their hearts ripped out by Mike Miller in the deciding contest.
Now the former enemy could be the newest addition to the OKC roster this offseason.
Should Miller join the Thunder?
According to Royce Young of CBS Sports, Miller—who was amnestied by the Heat on Tuesday and cleared waivers on Thursday—is telling friends he is likely to sign with the Thunder sometime soon.
The 33-year-old sniper averaged just 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 59 regular-season games last year, but played a big role in the most recent NBA Finals.
Miller started four of the seven games and hit on 11-18 of his three-pointers during the series.
As the Thunder learned back in 2012, this shooter is a primetime player who will show up to swing at least one playoff game. If the two-time champion ends up joining OKC, he will definitely make an impact next spring.
Knicks Have Competition for Bobby Brown
The New York Knicks are in the market for a third-string point guard and have tabbed Euroleague star Bobby Brown as a potential candidate to fill the void.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, the club will have a bit of competition for the 28-year-old, as the Knicks can only offer a minimum contract for his services.
A source close to the player noted that there are five other teams outside of the Big Apple that are interested in bringing in the Montepaschi Siena (Italy) point guard who averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 assists in 2012-13.
If he signs with the Knicks or another club, it wouldn’t be Brown’s first foray into the Association.
He came out of college in 2007, played in some summer league and overseas before stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers in 2008-10.
During that period, Brown averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 assists in 12.8 minutes. He has appeared in 113 games and started two at the NBA level.
He’s an ideal reserve guard and could shine in limited minutes coming off the bench in New York, but the team will have to hope he doesn’t sign elsewhere before they can get him to agree.
Marcus Camby Has Plenty Left in Tank
Marcus Camby may be 39 years old, but he’s not ready to hang up his sneakers.
According to Zwerling, the big man plans to play two more years before he turns his focus toward coaching.
He doesn’t have illusions about becoming the next Jason Kidd—who was extremely fortunate to go directly from NBA player to head coach within weeks of retiring—and plans to cut his teeth as an assistant.
Before that, Camby is likely to continue chasing his first ring and is going to sign with a contender now that he has been bought out by the Toronto Raptors.
When healthy, the 17-year veteran can still be a strong contributor in a frontcourt rotation.
It’ll be quite interesting to see where he signs and—eventually—where he ends up coaching.
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