As Mike Miller figures out his next move, the Mitchell native has already proven to be an elder statesmen of the NBA.
The former Kernel was recently waived by the Denver Nuggets. Miller's $3.5 million salary for the 2017-18 season would reportedly have become fully guaranteed if he remained under contract beyond July 12. The Nuggets' move makes Miller a free agent.
Miller, 37, is in the twilight of his storied basketball career. The 2001 Rookie of the Year, 2006 Sixth Man of the Year and two-time NBA champion has definitely stood the test of NBA time.
He's just one of two members still playing in the NBA from the 2000 draft class. Jamal Crawford, who recently inked a two-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, is still getting some run.
If Miller retires, he'll have a couple obvious options to pursue. He could make the seamless transition into coaching or perhaps a front office position. Coaches and players alike rave about his basketball IQ. He's almost a shoo-in for an NBA coaching or personnel job if he so desires.
Miller also could go the television route. He's done some TV work in recent years for ESPN, appearing on First Take and The Jump. He's a natural at talking and analyzing hoops.
If Miller does play next season, which is what he's indicated this summer, it will be his 19th season in the league. He's also played for the Magic, Grizzlies (twice), Timberwolves, Wizards, Heat and Cavaliers.
He's expressed his desire to continue playing and if he does, Miller will remain one of the oldest active players in the NBA. Miller is the sixth-oldest active player in the league and he's right up there with many future NBA Hall of Famers. Miller will turn 38 years old on Feb. 19, 2018.
Here's a quick look at the five players ahead of the South Dakotan on the oldest active players list:
1. Vince Carter: The 40-year-old former NBA Slam Dunk champ recently signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Sacramento Kings. Carter will be playing for his seventh team in what will be his 20th season. He'll turn 41 years old on Jan. 26, 2018.
2. Manu Ginobili: The San Antonio Spur is planning his next move. The four-time NBA champ has yet to announce his intentions. But the Argentina native has been a steady performer off the bench and it would not surprise many if he re-signs with San Antonio. He'll turn 40 years old on July 28.
3. Jason Terry: The combo guard's future is also in limbo. He played 74 games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, in what was his 18th NBA season. Terry, who will turn 40 years old on Sept. 15, could be possibly be a late addition to a team when training camp rolls around.
4. Dirk Nowitzki: The future first ballot Hall of Famer recently signed a two-year, $10 million deal to play his 20th season with the Dallas Mavericks. The 7-footer ranks sixth on the league's all-time scoring list. He's on the verge of joining Los Angeles Laker legend Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA history to spend an entire 20-year career with one franchise. The 13-time All-Star turned 39 years old in June.
5. Metta World Peace: The basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, World Peace played last season for the Lakers. The small forward might not be in the Lakers youth movement plans, but he's stated he hopes to continue playing for at least two more seasons. World Peace will turn 38 years old on Nov. 13.
The six players have undoubtedly all gained respect by their NBA peers during their playing careers. Nowitzki was the recipient of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year at the recent NBA awards night. The award recognizes the league's "ideal teammate" who exemplifies "selfless play and commitment and dedication to his team."
Miller, Terry and Ginobili were also among the nominees.