Miller headed to Cleveland to join LeBron
CLEVELAND - Mike Miller confirmed he will rejoin former teammate Lebron James in Cleveland, according to an announcement the Mitchell native made on social media Tuesday.
Details of the contract have not been confirmed, but ESPN reported Tuesday that Miller will sign a two-year deal worth $5.5 million.
“Thanks to Memphis for a great year!” Miller said in a message on Instagram Tuesday. “But I'm so excited to be a part of the Cleveland family and their fans. The only thing you can expect from me is everything I have! Thanks for the opportunity.”
Cleveland will be the sixth team Miller has played for in his 14-year career. With Memphis last season, Miller played in all 89 regular and postseason games for the first time since his rookie season.
The Cavaliers entered the fray for Miller’s services after James, a four-time NBA MVP, announced Friday that he will return to Cleveland, four years after leaving to play for the Miami Heat. With the return of James, the Cavaliers have vaulted into contention for the NBA championship in 2014-15.
Miller and James were teammates in Miami for three seasons from 2010 to 2013. In that time, the Heat made three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Miller turned down more money from the Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets to play in Cleveland. The Nuggets reportedly offered Miller $12 million over three seasons. The Dallas Mavericks were also reported to have had interest in the shooting specialist.
The contract with Cleveland has a player option for the 2015-16 season, according to ESPN, meaning Miller could opt out after one season with the Cavaliers.
Miller averaged 7.1 points per game and made 46 percent of his three-point field goal attempts for the Grizzlies in 2013-14.
Wade staying in Miami Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem are returning to the Miami Heat, even if James will not.
The Heat re-signed Wade to a multiyear contract on Tuesday. The 32-year-old All-Star guard will make at least $15 million per season, ESPN reported.
"Home is Where The Heart Is... My Home,My City,My House..#HeatLifer," Wade tweeted.
Wade's physical decline was at the forefront of conversation during and in the aftermath of the Heat losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals last month.Wade said after the series-deciding loss that he will never point to health as a hurdle.