Interest in Miller driving up cost
Former Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller remains a free agent 10 days into the NBA's annual swap meet. The number of interested teams has increased the value of the Mitchell native to a potentially expensive luxury for a possible contender.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that the price for the services of the 14-year NBA veteran has moved to the $4 million to $4.5 million range, while interested teams include Memphis, Oklahoma City, Denver and Cleveland.
An initial offer from Memphis was reported for $2 million to $2.4 million, according to ESPN FM 92.9 in Memphis.
ESPN's Chris Broussard said Thursday that Miller was close to agreeing to terms with the Denver Nuggets, but nothing had been confirmed and no details were reported.
The Cavaliers have entered the mix as Miller's former teammate and current free agent LeBron James has reportedly indicated he will attempt to recruit Miller to his future destination, according to Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski reported last week that James reached out to Miller about joining him next season if he does decide to leave Miami. Miller was a part of the back-to-back NBA championship teams with James in 2012 and 2013. Miller was waived by the Heat following the 2012-13 season under the amnesty clause, which prevents Miller from returning to Miami until after the 2014-15 season, which is when his original contract with the team would have expired.
Cleveland joined the fray for Miller as James is rumored to be considering a return to the Cavaliers, the hometown team he left four years ago.
Broussard reported Wednesday that Cleveland was "putting on a full-court press" to bring James back by attempting to sign Miller and Ray Allen, another outside shooter.
Miller's strong shooting last season for the Grizzlies -- 46 percent from behind the three-point line -- and the durability he showed playing in all 89 regular and postseason games for the first time since his rookie year, have Miller on the radar for many potential contenders.
Miller stated earlier this offseason that his wish is to remain in Memphis and he is seeking a multi-year deal.