Will Mike Miller stay in Memphis?
The latest reports are that the Grizzlies are being outbid by other teams in the race for veteran forward Mike Miller. Miller is seeking a three year deal, and other teams are offering better money and security than the Grizzlies. Miller has stated that he wants to return to Memphis, but only if the deal is equal to market value. According to CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish:
Unrestricted free agent Mike Miller is likely to settle on a contract in the next 24 to 48 hours but probably won’t re-sign with Memphis unless the Grizzlies’ offer is enhanced soon, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City is among the franchises also pursuing Miller, and a source told CBSSports.com that, at this moment, the Grizzlies’ offer doesn’t compare to what other franchises have suggested they’ll offer (in terms of years and money). Consequently, Miller is waiting to see if Memphis returns with a better offer before making a decision.
While Oklahoma City is a potential suitor, Miller is getting calls from numerous other teams according to Argus Leader:
Miller can’t go back to Miami because of amnesty provisions (he was released by the Heat after the 2012-13 season to clear salary cap space). But if James goes elsewhere, it’s possible that he will lobby to bring his friend and former teammate in as a veteran sharpshooter.
So far, Miller has seen interest from Memphis, Oklahoma City, Denver, Minnesota, Houston, Washington and the L.A. Clippers. He posted a photo of himself hanging out with Thunder star Kevin Durant on his Instagram account earlier this week, but he’s keeping his options open and trying to read the market.
It would appear that Memphis has been trying to lock-in Miller on the cheap so that they still have money for other players, but that might not work in this situation. They are going to have to consider their options and realize that Miller is going to command a nice chunk of change if he is to stay in town. Miller’s on and off the court leadership has been well documented and has been an asset to the franchise for years. Hopefully Miller can come back on a reasonable deal and ultimately retire in Memphis.
Mike Miller also appeared in all 82 games last year, which is the only time he has done that since his rookie season.