NBA Rumors: Best Landing Spots for Sharpshooter Mike Miller
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Mike Miller is the kind of guy every NBA team wants on their roster. He's a hard worker, gives his all on every play and doesn't cause any big issues off the court. He just suits up and shoots the rock, usually with a pretty decent success rate.
He's been a member of five teams in the NBA but had his longest stops with Memphis from 2002 to 2008 and Miami from 2010 to 2013, where he helped win two championships with the Big Three.
Miller might not look like the best player on the court at any given time, because he's not. He is, however, a great team player and a lights-out three-point shooter once he gets in his groove.
So where does Miller fit into the NBA? There are a few names already being thrown around.
According to The Commercial Appeal out of Memphis, Mike Miller might don a Grizzlies uniform again in the near future. It's also rumored that All-Star Marc Gasol was doing his best to recruit the aging Miller, who hasn't moved quite the same since having surgery to fix his back in 2011.
The Grizzlies have recently become big players in the West with the emergence of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, along with the addition of Tayshaun Prince. Filling the gaps with Mike Conley and Tony Allen made the Grizzlies huge contenders in the conference, but they simply just couldn't get it done when things got a bit intense.
Miller would be a great addition for the Grizzlies not so much during the regular season but during the postseason. He's got a ton of playoff experience and can take some pressure off the younger guards by coming in and knocking down some big shots. Adding a strong three-point shooter like Miller would also demand defenses to close out, which could make for more opportunities for the Grizzlies' talented bigs.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are also said to be in the hunt for the grizzled sharpshooter. According to Nick Borges of ESPN.com (Insider access required), Oklahoma City is after Miller not because it needs someone to log a lot of minutes but because it could use someone to fill in as a role player who can give them some quality minutes off the bench.
The Thunder struggled from the perimeter and would immediately become that much better just by signing Miller. Another big bonus for this pairing is Miller's low cost. He would most likely sign for a low value considering the $6.2 million he's still owed by Miami.
The Thunder need all the help they can get from three. The Thunder had just two players make two or more threes per game: Kevin Durant and Derek Fisher. They only had four players attempt four or more threes per contest. Miller would be a huge help to OKC's offense.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Nuggets are a third party interested in the veteran marksman. The Nuggets are looking to find a role-playing wingman who can contribute some minutes after losing both Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer, which makes sense because their three spot looks a bit thin with names like Evan Fournier, Quincy Miller and Jordan Hamilton lining up as the backups/possible starters.
The Nuggets, like OKC and Memphis, aren't necessarily looking for a starter, rather someone to offer a few minutes off the bench and bring some much-needed playoff experience to an "almost there" team. The Nuggets would be a great fit for Miller because he would mesh with the offense so well and could help act as an on-court coach to the younger wingmen on the squad.
If you're concerned about his health, fear not. The aging three-point specialist told the South Florida Sun Sentinel:
I'm excited about the next spot. I'm re-energized. I really am. I'm just feeling healthy. I'm ready to play. I started to get back in [the gym] again last week and I can't wait to play again next year.
What Team is the Best Fit for Mike Miller?
While it's not yet clear where Mike Miller will fall, one thing is clear: Whoever gets him will make a great addition to their franchise.
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