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Mike Miller in serious negotiations with Lakers

Jul 2, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

mmiller.jpgThe Lakers just won a title depending on Ron Artest and Sasha Vujacic to be their three point threats. Which is to say, they won despite having no consistent outside threats. They just count on things like Artest getting hot in Game 7.

Mike Miller would change that. That’s why the Lakers are negotiating with him, as has been reported in multiple locations. The Lakers, with the highest payroll in basketball last year and all the key parts back, are way, way over the salary cap. So all they can offer is the mid-level exception (about $5.8 million) or some part of that. The negotiations are about how much. The Lakers would like to save some of that to bring in a point guard, as well.

Which is why the early reports saying the Lakers made a five-year, $30 million deal, seemed high. But reports on ESPN Los Angeles say no offer has been made yet. The Lakers are locked into Ron Artest at the three for the next four years, they are not going to overpay for his backup.

But Miller does bring the outside shooting the Lakers need — he hit 48 percent of his threes last year. He would get a lot of good looks in the triangle, and offense that calls for the three spot to be a spot-up guy. Miller also has a more rounded game, he can put the ball on the floor. He tries to pas a lot, too, maybe too much lately. And his post entry passes need work, which means he’ll fit in just fine with the rest of the Lakers wing men.

Shooters are in demand – Miami and Cleveland have made contact with Miller’s agent, and that is just the two we know of. He will get a good deal and out of Memphis.

  1. G Money - Jul 2, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Memphis? Yo, he play 4 da Bullets.

  2. J Dog - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Actually he plays for the Wizards.
    Also, he was playing in Minnesota before Washington. It has been 2 years since he was played in Memphis.

  3. tb - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Good job with your scouting.
    He’s only been traded a few times since playing for Memphis in 2008. Clearly you’ve been following him closely enough and are in a position to be criticizing how much he has been passing lately. God knows last year’s Wizards needed less team work and more players in it for themselves.
    This is a fantastic move by the Lakers. He is a great shooter, efficient, and can play 3 positions. He is also very smart and will fit the system perfectly.

  4. D - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    He’s a truly heady player, off the charts bball IQ and skills. He’s actually someone who can knock down 3s when open (unlike Artest, who was clutch but not a good standstill shooter).
    Also, people seem to criticize his defense, but don’t have any real proof of this. Is it this simply the perception that white players are bad defensive players? From what I’ve seen, he’s a decent defensive player and a non-liability at the SF position. He’s a good team defender as well. Not a bad pick up if LA gets him.

  5. D - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    He’s a truly heady player, off the charts bball IQ and skills. He’s actually someone who can knock down 3s when open (unlike Artest, who was clutch but not a good standstill shooter).
    Also, people seem to criticize his defense, but don’t have any real proof of this. Is it this simply the perception that white players are bad defensive players? From what I’ve seen, he’s a decent defensive player and a non-liability at the SF position. He’s a good team defender as well. Not a bad pick up if LA gets him.

  6. mac - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    As a Laker fan I’d love to have Miller on the team but I seriously doubt he’ll end up in LA. A lot of teams with more cap space and financal felxibility can offer him more money (granted that the Lakers still need a part of the MLE for a point guard. The dream scenario would probably be getting Mike Miller, Steve Balke and Craig Smith but it’s all just wishful thinking. Hope one of them ends up in LA.

  7. Oliver J - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    This would be a great move for the Lakers. Mike Miller and Kobe do not like each other but I’m certain thoes feeling will change when they become teamates.

  8. Jobo - Jul 2, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    @Oliver J: Mike Miller and Kobe don’t like each other? Really? In the past couple of years, I recall reporters asking Kobe who he thought was the best pure shooter in the NBA. His answer? That’s right. Mike Miller. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kobe was the one who provided the impetus for the Lakers to go after Miller. A reliable 3 pt. threat will be a critical part of a 3-peat run. I think Kobe has a great deal of respect for Miller.

  9. Mike Nice - Jul 2, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    MIke Miller would be a plus for me 7 many other laker fans but save sum room for a pure point guard! With farmar possibly leaving & fisher aging we need someone there for this next run and our future!

  10. ArtieRon - Jul 2, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Kobe likes competitors so with the elite coaching staff imagine how better his work ethic and stroke will change with craig hodges. he’ll get so many open shots youll be like DAUYUM! Now the lakers need to free up cap room and get somebody like that kid from goldenstate to join them and they are legit!

  11. ArtieRon - Jul 2, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    that benig said, i’d love him in the team.^

  12. gdawg9000 - Jul 2, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    You probably meant to say Brad Miller. Nobody likes him!!

  13. LAKERS - Jul 2, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    LAKERS WILL THREE PEAT. ALL THEY NEED IS PJ KOBE AND GASOL!

  14. K8BE - Jul 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    As a lakers fan I would love to see mike miller in purple and gold. He already played with gasol and anyone who knows about kobe and is commited to win will be great friends with him. All kobe cares about is winning and their are some reports that kobe has reached out this man. So with that being said, lakers will have a great chance, plus they already got PJ so you can forget about Lebron James because that best move has already been made… thats getting PJ back to the lakes. Lakers will be CHAMPS over celtics in game 4 2011

  15. kb - Jul 2, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    i disagree thats all they need. 3 people dont win a championship. i mean they can come damn close with pau and kobe doing great every game. but lakers really do need that threat from the outside. some1 to knock it down when kobe is getting doubled and tripled. that along with bynum getting healthy the finals will be easier next year. also having fisher back in the locker room will be very motivational for the team. i truely dont think any1 will want him so unless he retired or went to help a younger team we have him for sure.

  16. manny - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:50 PM

    Steve blake will sign a 4 year deal with LA worth reportedly 16 mil so that leaves us with about less than two million in in the MLE or the 2.1 bi anual exception or the veterans minimum wich I dont think miller will take any of that so I think we need to go after T Mac and try to find a big now, because if mike miller didnt take 5 year 30mil why would he take any of our left overs

  17. Dave - Jul 7, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    The Lakers just signed Steve Blake to a 4-year $16 million dollar contract….
    Which means all they have left in the mid-level excemption is an ability to sign a player starting at $2.6 million/year…. That means something in the neighborhood of 5 years, $15 million, or a shorter contract for less.
    I am surprised the Lakers didn’t push more for Miller, vs. Steve Blake…the only advantage of Blake is he has had less injuries….and I guess he was willing to sign for a deal starting at $3.4 million, vs. the $5.8 million or so Miller would command at the mid-level.
    Perhaps the Lakers can sign another perimeter player (Raja Bell) for the remaining $2.6 million, or for the $2 million excemption….
    Vujacic has to go……the Lakers have to get rid of him…trade him to the Clippers for an excemption they can use in trade…if they get a $4.5 million dollar excemption, they can then unload Luke Walton, for a $10 million expiring contract……that can be bought out…and clear $10 million in salary, saving $18 million with luxury tax. Get Marcus Camby for $2.6 million, to take a pay cut…give him a second year player option..
    If the Lakers can get Steve Blake, Raja Bell, and Marcus Camby…and lose Walton, Vujacic…and keep Derick Fisher they will be a really strong team… Odom will play more SF the PF/C..The Lakers will be a better rebounding team..and improve in the perimeter and post…

  18. Lake Show - Jul 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    how are the lakers going to be able to get blake, bell, AND Camby? dude… leave the who do we get to the man who got us back to back championships (Mitch). blake is a good addition… i wouldve preferred mike miller.. but its all good. they need to trade walton and vujacic and get a solid three point threat.. doesnt matter who.. as long as he can hit the three in the clutch and actually play well enough to get 20 minutes per game.. its all good.. because as good as vujacic is from 3.. he just doesnt have anything else to show phil jackson that this guy deserves minutes… and Farmar is gonna be a stud if he goes to a team that will have him starting.. NYC would fit him perfectly.

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