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Miller says he wants to 'badly' stay in Memphis

MEMPHIS -- Mitchell native Mike Miller became a free agent Tuesday morning and told a Memphis radio station that he hopes to remain a member of the Grizzlies next season and beyond.

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"They know how badly I wanna be here," Miller told 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis on Monday. "That makes it very simple. If they feel the same way, and it's a fair deal, it'll be a done deal."

The 34-year-old forward signed with the Grizzlies following the 2012-13 season as a free agent, but opted to become a free agent after the 2013-14 season with Memphis.

"The passion I have for this city and basketball — they know where I wanna be," Miller said in his interview with 92.9 FM ESPN. "They know what the market is. Hopefully, we can work things out, we'll get it done, and I'll be here. I feel as good as I have in a long time. I think there's a lack of veterans in this league, as well as shooting in the league. I fill both those voids."

Miller wants to sign a multi-year contract with his next team, according to the radio interview. The two-time NBA champion said he told the Memphis organization prior to free agency of his wish to remain in a Grizzlies' uniform.

The 14-year NBA veteran averaged 7.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while making 46 percent of his shots from three-point range in his role off the bench for Memphis last season. He averaged 20.8 minutes per game and played in all 82 regular-season contests for the first time since his rookie season.

Miller also told 92.9 FM ESPN that he plans to fly to Los Angeles today to meet with his agent and a number of teams.