Recently, the Miami Heat utilized their amnesty clause to shed the remaining 2 year, $12.8 mil contract of veteran small forward Mike Miller off their books. While Miller has played a significant role in Miami's success these past two seasons, the fact the sharp-shooter was set to earn roughly $6 mil annually is what ultimately led the organization to make this choice.
I mean, come on. Mike Miller is worth around $3 mil per year at best. The 33 year old was way overpaid, and Miami made a smart decision moving forward.
As a result of being waived and clearing the amnesty waiver process, Miller is now officially an unrestricted free agent. Like most players in the NBA, he is intrigued by the prospect of winning, and due his desire to obtain a third ring, Miller has expressed his interest in joining a championship contender. At this point, the list of teams in the running for his services include the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors, all of which are capable of competing in the playoffs.
However, it seems one franchise in particular has emerged as the favorite to acquire the three-point specialist. Here is the report via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
"The Oklahoma City Thunder are frontrunners to sign former Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller after he became a free agent on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports."
Mike Miller would serve as an incredible fit with the current roster Oklahoma City boasts. As a member of this squad, Miller would play the exact same role he played with Miami, as he would be relied on to enter games off the bench and consistently knock down open shots from beyond the arc. With all the defensive attention focused on all-stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Miller would constantly receive opportunities to prove why he's a 40.6% career three-point shooter. Also, since opponents would eventually have to focus on containing the small forward's claim to fame, his presence on the perimeter would help spread the defense and allow the drivers on this team (Westbrook, Durant, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb) to obtain efficient looks near/at the rim. Overall, the 13 year veteran would be an exceptional offensive compliment to a squad mixed with offensively gifted experience and youth, and his addition would greatly benefit the Thunder on this end of the court.
Outside of his sweet stroke, Miller does not provide much else. However, any organization interested in signing the 6'8 small forward understands this fact. If Thunder GM Sam Presti can land Miller on a veteran's minimum deal (which is what he's in the market for anyway), it will be win-win type of agreement.