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Miller contract with Nuggets made official

The Denver Nuggets made their re-signing of Mitchell native and forward Mike Miller to a multi-year contract official on Thursday. "We're thrilled that Mike will be back with us going forward. He exemplifies what it means to be an ultimate teamma...

The Denver Nuggets made their re-signing of Mitchell native and forward Mike Miller to a multi-year contract official on Thursday.

"We're thrilled that Mike will be back with us going forward. He exemplifies what it means to be an ultimate teammate and professional, and his resume certainly speaks for itself," said general manager Tim Connelly. "Last season Mike made a major impact on our young core and we look forward to continuing to have his veteran leadership both on the court and in our locker room."

Miller, a 16-year NBA veteran, appeared in 47 games for Denver during the 2015-16 season and averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Miller has played in 1,012 career games and posted averages of 10.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.3 minutes per game for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami, Cleveland and Denver.

Speaking to the Nuggets' team website, Miller said he wanted to be a part of the young Denver squad again for the 2016-17 season, regardless of his role on the team.

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"I'm going to do whatever (the coaches) want," Miller told Nuggets.com. "I'm going to do things the same way I did last year. I'm going to practice hard every day. If they ask me to play a lot of minutes, I'll play a lot of minutes. If they ask me to play little minutes, I'm going to play little minutes. I was raised in basketball to be a good teammate and that doesn't change when you're playing or not playing. On the coaching side, players can help too. I'm going to do whatever I can."

Miller, 36, said he's a big believer in what the Nuggets are building and said he feels the team has a bright future, adding that he's been impressed with rookies Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley and second-year player Emmanuel Mudiay.

"[I'm excited] about the culture building that's going on," Miller says. "Just seeing what the front office and ownership, coaching staff are doing and the young players that developed last year. I got a kick out of it and a lot of excitement out of seeing our team towards the end playing some good basketball. I wanted to be a part of that."

Until the season starts, Miller told the team's website that he's focusing on preparing to play another season and spending time with his children.

"I've just been chasing my kids around, just getting back into the swing of things and working out," Miller said. "Daddy duty and basketball, that's pretty much my life."

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