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Lots of interest in Mike Miller, with Durant, Marc Gasol recruiting him

Jul 20, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Heat's Miller reacts after sinking a three point basket against the Mavericks during Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Miami Reuters

This has been one of the dominant themes of this offseason — good shooters have value.

Guys like J.J. Redick and Kyle Korver are getting longer deals (four years) well over the average NBA salary because they are deadeye shooters. Meanwhile, if you dominate the ball and are not an efficient shooter you find the market pretty dry (Brandon Jennings, for example).

Which is why there is a lot of interest in Mike Miller — the guy can shoot. He can barely stay healthy, but when he plays he’s a solid team defender and he can shoot from three.

Miller is a free agent after being amnestied by the Heat. He then threatened back surgery to keep teams from grabbing him off waivers and it worked. He gets to pick where he plays — and a lot of good teams are trying to recruit the three point specialist, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.

Kevin Durant and Marc Gasol trying to recruit you, that has to feel pretty good.

I get why Memphis was in the mix. It was evident in the playoffs they need shooting to space the floor to take the next step, but for most of the offseason they have sat on their hands while other teams in the West (Clippers, Rockets) got a lot better. Miller is exactly what they need.

You can also see why Houston and OKC want in — again, shooting has real value. Those teams have guys who can create shots what they need are guys who can space the floor and make the defense pay for collapsing on Durant or James Harden.

Miller can do that. When he’s healthy. And because of that he’s got options.

  1. jayrandle - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    If you sign with Memphis…don’t forget to pay your $2500 or $7500 annual tax to the
    “Stadium operators”

    • eventhorizon04 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Yep, a tax on millionaires that hands money directly to billionaires.

      Amazing what governments will approve…

      • blueballzny - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        What’s even better is that the people of Memphis actually ELECTED those millionaires who are helping the billionaires get richer.

  2. money2long - Jul 20, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    must be nice

  3. saint1997 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    I’m so not sold on Rockets right now. Even if they have Miller – they are 1 solid PF away from contending (best recommendation would be to cut losses and send Asik for Anderson)

    • eventhorizon04 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      As it stands now, the Rockets have two defensive-focused centers, and the Hornets have two power forwards who aren’t great options at center. Asik for Andersen seems like a mutually beneficial trade.

      In this trade scenario, Houston gets a power forward who complements Dwight Howard and James Harden perfectly by giving them great floor spacing.
      Hornets get a center who can anchor their currently shaky defense while Anthony Davis develops and puts on muscle.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Jul 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    The main factors for Miller will be the ability to contend and the ability to get playing time.

    OKC is the best team offering him interest, but he’d have a tough time getting playing time behind Thabo Sefolosha, who is a better defender and a surprisingly good 3-point shooter.
    Denver gives him the most playing time, but it’s tough to argue that the Nuggets are a top 4 team in the West, given their losses this offseason.

    Grizzlies to me are the front runner. First, Miller used to play for the Grizzlies and apparently loves Memphis. Second, the Grizzlies are a top-4 team in the West, which qualifies them as a contender. Third, While Tony Allen (like Sefolosha) is a much better defender than Miller, Allen is a terrible shooter so Miller has a shot at earning playing time whenever the Grizzlies prioritize floor spacing over defense by being one of very few elite shooters on the team.

    • hawksfanallday - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      He would get tough playing time maybe, but it wouldn’t be because of sefelosha though. It would be because of more playing time for Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb who are doing great in summer league. But I still feel they could could grab him and put him in the rotation.

  5. northstarnic - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    It’s actually because he’s just so darn good looking. Oh, and he’s got some sweet tats, bro.

  6. abchome - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    How true that everything has it’s good and bad sides. Even bulging discs in an athlete’s back could be useful!

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