Monday, July 5, 2010
Mike Miller, candidate for King's court?
By J.A. Adande
Mike Miller is headed to Cleveland to play with LeBron James -- in James’ Nike Skills Academy basketball camp.
And no, he won’t ask him The Question.
"If he shares with me, he shares with me," Miller said.
Where James decides to play could affect Miller’s next team as well. The free-agent shooting guard who has made 40 percent of his 3-point shots during his 10-year career could be everything from a perfect shooting component to play alongside a star such as James to a Plan B playing a bigger role for a team left on the outside after the first wave of free agents signs up.
Miller has already sat down with the Heat, Clippers and Knicks, three teams with an abundance of salary-cap space. Yet he also is amenable to signing for the midlevel exception that starts at $5.9 million in the first year, "because it means I’d be playing with a good team."
That would include the Cavaliers if LeBron returns. Not only is Miller tight with James; he’s also friends with Antawn Jamison, who was traded to Cleveland by the Wizards last season in the post-Gilbert’s Guns breakup of the team. Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant put in a call to Miller at the onset of the free-agency period, and Cleveland remains a viable option for him.
His immediate plans are to get there Tuesday and "get some runs in and play with LeBron."
And after that?
"Sitting back and waiting like everybody else is," Miller said.