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Report: Mike Miller nearing deal with Nuggets

Jul 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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After making a three-way trade that clears cap space for LeBron James, the Cavaliers immediately let it be known they wanted to court other players James is fond of.

Ray Allen? Interested!

Mike Miller? Interested!

James Jones? Interested!

Cleveland was clearly trying to coax LeBron into signing there. Maybe the Cavaliers can’t land any of those three, but an enthusiasm for LeBron’s friends could only help.

However, Cleveland is running into serious competition for Miller.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

The Nuggets once seemed like a longshot for Miller. If they’re now the favorites, I’d guess they’re willing to pay him the most.

Miller, 34, is clearly on the downside of his career. But he can still shoot 3-pointers, and he’d have a good shot of cracking a role in the Nuggets’ already-deep rotation.

For the Cavaliers, Miller signing with the Nuggets would be one less avenue for tempting LeBron. I can’t think of a better way to start a bidding war – though Cleveland can’t add much salary while preserving max space for LeBron.

  1. loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Miller not going to Cleveland? yeah…looks like James is staying in Miami…what a boring offseason. hehe.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Problem is that Mike Miller very quietly had a very good season for the Grizzlies after being amnestied by the Heat (probably a year too soon).

      He played all 82 games and was an elite shooter from 3.
      Despite his age and injury history with the Heat, he’s set to get a decent sized contract.
      Meanwhile, the Cavs barely have enough cap space to sign LeBron at a max contract and are preoccupied with trading for Kevin Love (who also has a max contract) if they get LeBron. Oh, and Kyrie Irving has a max contract, so that makes 3 players.

      Unless Miller was willing to play at an enormous discount, the Cavs just didn’t have the cap room to sign him.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

        thanks. good info, casual. it was more of a jab at Cleveland’s attempt to land king james. Miller is a deadly role player and obviously a team player who would be welcomed to most/all squads.

  2. beachsidejames - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Lebron couldn’t win with Ray Allen this year in Miami…So in a Cleavand uniform Ray is 10 years younger? And he gets to play for that two faced owner? Miami is his team to do what he wants with it…he should know that by now.

  3. saint1997 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I can’t see a way out for these Nuggets. Honestly they’re the western equivalent of the Hawks, only because they’re in the west they’ll just perpetually get the 8-13th pick and have a preposterously balanced and deep roster that does very little

    • casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Agreed with this. They have a lot of good players in Lawson, Afflalo, Gallinari, and Faried, but unless Javale McGee develops into a high level contributor, they seemed locked into a “pretty good but no chance at a top-6 seed in the West” roster for now.

      McGee counts $11-12 million per year against the cap and has been sidelined by injury basically since signing that contract.

    • southstands1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Agreed…Denver has to make some kind of splash to get over the hump. While a capable player, Mike Miller isn’t it.

      I still hold out hope that this team can be like the Pistons’ team that won. No real stars there, though they had many good pieces. I’m hoping Denver can replicate that style of success.

  4. yesser12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Denver wants to start an all guard lineup. They have too many sgs and sgs in sfs body.

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