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Report: Cavaliers may claim Mike Miller off waivers

Jul 17, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

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The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly could use some more shooting to space the floor. They have Dion Waiters (who is shooting just 29.5 percent in Summer League, it hasn’t been pretty) and Kyrie Irving can knock down shots (as can Jarrett Jack as his sub). However, they lack bigs who can space the floor. The Cavaliers also want to make the playoffs and could use some veterans.

So why not take a chance on Mike Miller, the guy Miami just amnestied? Well, sure, injuries. But don’t let that stop you.

The Cavs are considering picking up Miller off amnesty waivers, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are strongly considering making an amnesty waiver bid to claim former Miami Heat forward Mike Miller, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

When a player is amnestied he goes on waivers and teams under the salary cap can bid to take over a portion of his salary and get the player. In this case, Miller is owed $6.2 million next season, the Cavaliers can claim him off waivers and pay, say, $1.5 million of that and get him (the Heat would pay the remaining $4.7 million, but they would save on the luxury tax as Miller comes off the official books).

If the Cavaliers or another team does not claim him off waivers (a 48 hour window) Miller becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Rockets are reportedly one team interested if Miller does clear waivers.

Just be careful about expecting much. He has a body that has seen it’s share of wear and tear, and he has played in just 60 percent of the Heat’s games the past three seasons. He had some big playoff games certainly, but the Miami Heat can afford to use a guy in that kind of limited role. Can the Cavaliers?

The flip side is of course that Mike Miller and LeBron James are friends, and the Cavaliers want to recruit LeBron next summer. It’s a nice idea, but I feel comfortable saying the presence of Mike Miller or not will not be a key factor for LeBron when it comes time to make a decision.

  1. jeffw - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Wow! Bad move for everyone involved. Miller will not want to spend his final year or two with a non-contender. His inability to stay on the court will not help Cleveland with their bench depth.
    Plus with all their young players, if you bring in an old veteran, you want him to be an example and leader to the young guys. Miller, although respected, is not a vocal leader and actually more of a loner. Would not be good for anyone.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    If they want bigs that can space the floor, they shouldn’t be looking at wing players like Miller.

  3. blantoncollier - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Miller could help this the Cavs.

    Everyone should forget the LBJ back to CLE rumors for ’14. My guess if he comes back its closer to ’18 and in his final deal. That way he starts and ends his career in CLE.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      I think once Wade retires, LeBron going back to Cleveland becomes more of a possibility. Wade is one of LeBron’s closest friends. Cleveland has a talented young nucleus, but the results in the Finals the past several years has shown that veteran teams win championships.

      I suspect LeBron will sign a 5-year deal next year (2014) with the Heat, also with an opt-out clause in 3 years just like his current deal.

      Fun Fact: Dwyane Wade will be 35 in 2017. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson will be 25 and 26 years old, and at the time LeBron will have an opt out clause at only age 32…

  4. casualcommenter - Jul 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Lol, right after this story came out, Woj posted a new story saying that Mike Miller is “weighing back surgery.”

    There was absolutely no talk of Miller getting surgery before word leaked that Cleveland was interested, and he told reporters during the Finals he was 100% healthy after a year of back rehab, which is why he was inserted into the starting lineup to help the Heat’s floor spacing.

    It’s funny how these guys are figuring out ways to avoid getting claimed off waivers. First Metta World Peace talks about going to China or joining the NFL (before clearing waivers and signing with the Knicks), now Mike Miller “might need” back surgery after playing starter’s minutes in the NBA Finals without any injury issues.

  5. jmgatskiejr - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    I have always been a Mike Miller fan despite the fact he’s always been exposed if left on the court too long or forced to be more than a third option at the very best but this isn’t a Luis Scola situation where you are going to be able to count on the production you are anticipating when you make the claim.
    The Cavs should have just signed Chris Copeland instead of Clark. They already had a defensive oriented SF in Gee and Bennett has range at the 4 to go with Karasev at SF. Copeland avg 20pp/36mins at 42% on 3s while Clark had one great January followed by a major crash the rest of the year.
    Miller is a broken down version of Copeland who definitely will struggle to keep up with Mike Brown’s defensive schemes. Just a bad fit. Give his time to Sergey.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I think would be a great fit for both involved, IDK what y’all talking about. MM would be the clear cut backup SG and CLE will have wrapped up a surprisingly good off-season. They will make the playoffs, 6-8 seed. They should get him.

  7. miamatt - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    At least Miami wouldn’t have to worry about the decision to amnesty Miller coming back to haunt them in the playoffs.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      IDK man, It’s very, very conceivable to have a Miami vs. Cleveland 1st round this 2013-14 playoffs.

  8. slik1akaguru - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    It is not “Miller-Time”…leave him where he’s at !! That’s like having two Boobie (boo-boo) Gibson’s, who needs to exit also! Don’t do it Grant!

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