Mike Miller Strikes Gold in NBA Free Agency By Signing With the Miami Heat

Rachel MarcusCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 29:  Mike Miller #6 of the Washington Wizards drives to the net against the New Jersey Nets at the Izod Center on January 29, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat finalized yet another free-agent signing today, though this one will fly under the radar in comparison to one of the team's last ones.

Last week, as we all know, the Heat struck deals with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

And even more recently, the Heat re-signed Udonis Haslem and added James' former teammate, Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

All of these moves were done in order to build a decent team around the three superstars, rather than having a bunch of average guys surrounding the trio.

And today the Heat added another free agent in guard Mike Miller. Miller joins the team from the Washington Wizards

For Miller, he escapes one Southeast Division team for another. But the difference is much larger than that.

Last season, Miller was traded to the Washington Wizards following stops in Orlando, Memphis, and Minnesota

Known as a reliable shooter with a nice three-point shot, Miller was expected to team up with Gilbert Arenas and Co. last season and jump-start the Wizards back into playoff contention following their dismal 2008-09 season.

At least that is what everyone thought.

What happened, though, was an entirely different story.

Arenas ended up in major legal trouble after his whole gun incident, and the Wiz ended up trading Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison.

And just like that, a team that was expected to contend in the East was blown to shreds and headed for the bottom of the conference.

Of course, the Wizards then landed No. 1 draft pick John Wall. But the Wiz are still in rebuilding mode and don't really have a need for Miller with Wall, Arenas returning, and Kirk Hinrich arriving to Washington via trade.

So Miller navigated the free-agent market.

And surprise! He hit the jackpot with the Heat. He now joins a team favored to win it all next season.

He should fit in nicely and be a solid role player.

Not too bad, huh?