While the NBA is in full swing, Mitchell native Mike Miller is still waiting to join a roster this season.
The former Kernel has enjoyed a successful 17-year NBA career, which has included two NBA titles, a Rookie of the Year award and a Sixth Man of the Year award. He could retire now and easily be the most successful South Dakotan to ever play in the NBA.
But the 6-foot-8 swingman is not ready to retire, just yet anyway.
Mike's father, Tom, told The Daily Republic earlier this week his son is still waiting for a call from a team.
"He's had 17 years and he's kind of hoping to maybe get one more," said Tom, who now resides in Sioux Falls. "But we will see what happens. It's been a great run."
The 37-year-old Miller was waived by the Denver Nuggets in July. He's now staying ready and working out in Memphis, which is where he spent two stints playing for the Grizzlies.
Tom isn't aware of any teams reaching out to Mike, but feels he could still play in the league.
"It just depends upon teams that think they can make a run and need a veteran because other teams are going to play young guys and take their whoopin'," Tom said.
Miller stated this past spring that he hopes to continue playing. When he guest starred on ESPN's daily NBA show "The Jump," former teammate Tracy McGrady asked about his future.
"I still enjoy it," Miller answered. "I love playing and my family still likes me playing. It takes something special for me to walk away from it right now, if there is a job out there for me. So we will see how long it is."
Possible destinations could be the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Memphis Grizzlies, as he's had stints with both teams. LeBron James likes to surround himself with shooters and he's always been tight with Miller. As for Memphis, Miller's family still lives there and it's where he spent a majority of his early career.
Miller's most likely options after he's done playing are moving into a coaching/front office position or going the television route. He's done other guest appearances for ESPN and has also gained the respect of coaches/personnel people around the league.
Miller has also played for Orlando, Minnesota, Washington and Miami during his NBA career. Miller won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. Miller drilled seven three-pointers and finished with 23 points in the decisive Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals.
It was another chapter in his storied career and I hope there's still one more before it's the end.