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Mike Miller clears waivers; Spurs, Thunder, Grizzlies and Rockets reportedly interested

Jul 18, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Miami Heat player Miller laughs as he talks with Wade during a team practice ahead of Game 7 of the NBA Finals basketball playoff against the San Antonio Spurs in Miami

In the end, neither the Cavaliers nor any other NBA team submitted a waiver claim for Mike Miller, who was amnestied by the Heat two days ago.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

I fail to understand why teams aren’t more aggressive with bidding on amnestied players. Miller, who has battled injury, has played just 59, 39 (of 66), 41 and 54 games the last four seasons, so you can’t count on him. But to get him for two years on a minimum contract? I think the reward outweighs the risk.

Anyway, the teams with cap room – the only teams permitted to bid on him – disagreed, and now Miller is an unrestricted free agent (though he can’t sign with Miami).

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Miller’s shooting makes him a good fit with any of those contending teams, none of whom had cap room and, therefore, the ability to bid on Miller. I’d be particularly intrigued by Miller returning to Memphis, where he played from 2003-08. With Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, shooting is a premium there, and though Tayshaun Prince is a better defender than Miller, Miller would prove an element Prince lacks.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    He’d be a great pick up for any team. Of course he’s not a star, not a LeBron, a Kobe etc… but there aren’t 15 LeBron James out there and one team couldn’t afford 15 of them if there were.

    He’s a role player, but he does his role very well.

    His career 3 pt shooting percentage is higher than Ray Allen’s (he of the most made 3 pointers of all time).

    All teams need good shooting. Especially if they have good “bigs” on their team as good outside shooting will stretch the defense and give the bigs more room to operate down low or allow the teams slashers a clearer path to the basket.

  2. thememyselfandiguy - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    he’s a poor mans james jones. nothing more. nothing less.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      What?

      First, I’m not a Heat fan or a fan of either James Jones or Mike Miller.

      But for you to say he’s a poor mans James Jones… shows you don’t know the facts.

      Miller has a MUCH higher 2 pt FG% than Jones for their careers…

      Miller has a higher 3 pt FG% than Jones for their careers..,

      James Jones career PER rating is only 11.2 (way below league average).

      Mike Miller’s career PER rating is 14.9.

      Mike Miller’s career true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage are both higher than James Jones.

      I think you meant to say that James Jones is a poor mans Mike Miller…

      • dezglobal - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        You know who gave you the thumbs down lol

  3. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Memphis. They absolutely need another shooter.

    • 2late2matter - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Spurs. Couldn’t “buy” a ‘free throw’ or hit a 2-pointer when it counted.

  4. Sports King of this world - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Ah Shiiii!!! What are the Heat going to do now? Hold on, I’m not a Heat Fan.. Well excuse me while I lmao!!!!!!!

  5. bchapman2011 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I don’t understand this at all. Miller just won two rings and was amnestied which means he gets paid even if he never plays again. By game 30 of every season this guy looks like an 80 year old man running down the court because he is in so much pain. Let go Mike and leave the game on a high note.

  6. av416 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Can’t believe the Griz didn’t claim him. They are so desperate for shooters and one falls in their lap, confusing to me why you pass that up.

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