Mike Miller Expected to Return to Memphis Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WCBI/CBSSports.com) – Mike Miller is headed back to his roots.
According to ESPN.com, Miller has informed the Grizzlies he has decided to sign with them.
He was also drawing strong interest from the Thunder, Rockets and Nuggets.
After being amnestied by the Heat last week and clearing waivers to become an unrestricted free agent, Miller decided on Memphis where he played for six seasons and still owns a house.
The deal is likely to be for the veteran minimum.
Miller has won back-to-back championships in Miami, one being over the Thunder in which he hit an incredible 7 of 8 from 3-point range in the clinching Game 5. He primarily was deployed as a spot-up shooter for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. In the Finals against the Spurs, he hit 11 of 18 from 3. He’s an elite shooter, a playoff-tested veteran and a player who knows how to play his role.
A few teams were interested in putting an amnesty bid in on Miller, though after word leaked he was considering back surgery, he cleared waivers on Thursday. Miller wants to sign with a contender, which the Thunder obviously are. The back surgery thing appears to have been a bit of a smokescreen to make sure he had his pick of teams. Because as for his health, Miller told the Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday:
“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 there again last week and I can’t wait to play again next year.”
Miller, 33, appeared in 59 games last season averaging 4.8 points.