Apr 14, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (right) greets shooting guard Mike Miller (left) during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Miller leaves Memphis–will play with LeBron in Cleveland


The re-signing of Mike Miller was a priority going into this off-season for the Grizzlies, but things didn’t go as planned.  As a result, he will be playing in Cleveland next year.

Once LeBron James made his decision to return to Cleveland, he immediately recruited Miller.  The two had played together in Miami, but because Miller was amnestied by the Heat, he could not return to them this season.  James moving to Cleveland allowed the two to reunite, which is just what they did.  According to reports, the deal will be worth $5.5 million over two seasons.

 

This is despite the fact that Denver had reportedly offered him $12 million over three seasons.

 

This is the same deal that the Grizzlies ended up giving recently signee Vince Carter.  Carter signed for $12.2 million over three years, and he is considered by many to be an upgrade over Miller.

It would have been great for Miller to finish his career in Memphis, given how much time he had spent with the franchise, but it is understandable that he wants to chase a title with his good friend.  Miller provided efficient three point shooting for the Grizzlies last season, but Carter should be able to fill that void and then some.

Thanks for the memories Mike, you were a great player for Memphis and did a lot for the community.  Here’s one of the more recent memories, as he spanked the Knicks with 5 three pointers:

 

Miller said that he would like to end his career in Memphis, and that seemed to be a priority coming into the off-season.  Even though things didn’t turn out like they had originally hoped, it would appear that the situation worked out for both parties.

Best of luck Mike, Memphis appreciates all that you’ve done for the Grizzlies.

 

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