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Report: Mike Miller agrees to play for Memphis Grizzlies

Jul 24, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

Heat shooting Mike Miller celebrates after scoring against the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami Reuters

Memphis needs outside shooting to space the floor, it was painfully obvious during the playoffs (and spare me your Rudy Gay stuff, go look at his jump shooting numbers then move on).

Mike Miller was good enough to space the floor for the Miami Heat the last couple years and picked up a couple rings doing so, but they had to cut him loose to save a few bucks.

So match made in heaven? Well, they are at least going to try it out according to Marc Stein.

Both Oklahoma City and Memphis went hard at Miller — Kevin Durant and Marc Gasol led the recruiting charges.

This wasn’t about money — he will sign for the minimum because Miami still has to pay him the rest of his $6.2 million this season. This was about where Miller felt comfortable and wanted to play.

The questions are health and how much Miller can give the Grizzlies during the season? He played in 59 games for Miami and averaged just 4.2 points a game in the regular season last year. Those 59 games were the most he’s played in the regular season in four years — he has back issues and plenty of other nagging injuries.

But when he plays he plays pretty well — he shot 41.7 percent from three last season. Notice Miami had him on the court in all seven NBA Finals games for at least 15 minutes, and had some key moments in the Heat’s Game 6 win (he played almost 30 minutes that night). Or, remember Game 5 of the 2012 Finals against the Thunder.

This is a good pickup for Memphis. If he’ll be healthy enough to really help the Grizzlies remains to be seen, but that this price it’s a fantastic gamble.

  1. fanofthegame79 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I had him pegged for Memphis. He’ll be a good fit, and he’s played there before. All the best for Mike Miller – “Let It Fly!!”

  2. rickyspanish - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I will miss him. But I am glad he didn’t go to Oklahoma, that would have stung.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Oh thank goodness. I was worried that he was going to go to a real contender and Miami would have to deal with him in the finals.

    But I hope he’s happy back in Memphis.

  4. tomshoe - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Great for the Grizzlies, devastating for the Thunder.

    That means the Grizz have Arthur, Leuer, and now Miller who can shoot the rock. I expect the Grizz to be a contender next season.

    • kevinravens1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Yeah ummmm you guys traded arthur to the nuggets for kosta koufus a while ago. Where have you been bud?

    • irishfan109 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      You expect the Grzz to be a contender next season?

      They were in the Western Conference Finals last season…’re not exactly going out on a limb here, pal.

  5. casualcommenter - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Good get by Memphis. I expected him to sign there – Memphis needs 3-point shooters who won’t fatally compromise their defense, and Miller fits the bill.

    Miller actually was relatively healthy for most of last season. Heat coach Erick Spoelstra admitted he “saved” Miller for the playoffs because he was horribly injury prone whenever given extensive minutes during the 2010 and 2011 regular seasons. That’s how Miller went to barely playing in the regular season to seeing significant minutes in the later rounds of the playoffs to starter in the NBA Finals.

    Should be interesting to see how Memphis does with another floor spacer in the lineup.

  6. dezglobal - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    He’ll fit well in Memphis.

  7. dls612 - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Wish him the best until he meet the heat!!!

  8. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    told y’all it would be memphis

  9. harshedmellow - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Love his hustle, since his ROY season. Back issues or not, he’ll get down on the floor after a ball.

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    This means that when Memphis comes to Miami, we get a whole ‘nother ring ceremony.

  11. jhop86 - Jul 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Now they add another dimension in there offense that 3 can work … But look for his numbers to drop there’s nothing like playing with lebron

  12. watermelon1 - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    If he was looking for a place where he wouldn’t play as many minutes to preserve his health… Wouldn’t the better choice be OKC where he’s really have a small role? Memphis seems like they’d need him to play more minutes…

    I think this is more about him being with the grizzlies before and wanting to go back with them. Perhaps he has one personal relationships and non-nba factors.

  13. florida727 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    If I’m reading this right, Miller will sign for the minimum $1.4M since he has more than 10 years of experience. If the $6.2M is above and beyond that, he’ll make $7.6 MILLION for next year.

    Think about that. 82 games. He averaged 15 minutes per game and 4.2 points per game. In other words, he’ll get paid approximately $92,683 PER GAME. That’s $6,179 PER MINUTE of on-court time. And that’s $22,067 PER POINT SCORED.

    Is the management for the Grizzlies just plain stupid? If this guy was a carton of milk, he’d have been pulled from the shelf because his expiration date has passed.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      It is not above that salary. The Griz pay him $1.4, the Heat the remaining $4.8. Miami saves a few bucks on the deal.

  14. scootover7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I love the Mike Miller signing with the Grizzlies. I feel he will be the X-Factor for the Memphis Grizzlies. I’m loving their starting five of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tayshaun Prince, Tony Allen and Mike Conley. The bench of the Memphis Grizzlies aren’t too bad as well with Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless, Mike Miller, Quincy Pondexter, Kosta Koufos. This provides the Grizzlies with an outside shooter off the bench. I think this will be anywhere from a 4 to 6 seed in the Western Conference. The only three teams who I definity believe will be better than the Grizzlies are the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers.

  15. miamatt - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Glad Miller went to a team I enjoy watching play.

    Best of luck Mike, you’ll always be beloved in Miami.

    LET IT FLY!!!

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