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Miller leaving Memphis, Cleveland a possible destination
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LeBron James announced Friday he will return to home to Ohio to play for Cleveland, where he began his NBA career.

The move immediately brought a flurry of rumors that James' former teammate with the Miami Heat and Mitchell native Mike Miller may join him in a Cavaliers uniform.


Moments after the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player announced his move, the name Mike Miller showed up in thousands of tweets on Twitter, speculating that the free agent may take his three-point shooting talents to Cleveland.

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, Miller announced on Instagram that he has been informed by the Memphis Grizzlies that the organization will be going in a different direction, ending the 14-year NBA veteran's second term with the team.

ESPN reported Friday that unnamed sources stated James had contacted Miller about the possibility of teaming up in Cleveland.

James and Miller were teammates with the Heat and went to three straight NBA finals, winning in 2012 and 2013.

Rumors have surrounded Miller and Ray Allen, who is another three-point shooting specialist, as potential additions to a Cleveland team which finished 33-59 in 2013-14.

The Cavaliers are in need of outside shooting for the 2014-15 season. Miller made 46 percent of his shots from behind the three-point line last year. The next best percentage on the Cleveland roster as of Friday is shooting guard C.J. Miles, who made 39.3 percent of his 3-pointers last season.

With Miller's versatile game -- the ability to play multiple positions -- his position on the Cleveland roster would be made more clear after the dust settles from the fallout of moves resulting from James returning to Cleveland.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has been linked to the Cavaliers as a potential trade destination. Adrian Wojnarowski, of Yahoo Sports, reported Wednesday the Cavaliers would attempt to trade for Love if James signed with Cleveland.