Apr 26, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Miller (13) reacts after hitting a three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Miller, Denver Nugget Free Agent Target Again?

On July 21st, 2013, ESPN’s Marc Stein published an article about the Denver Nuggets expressing interest in free agent sharpshooter Mike Miller. For the first time since Miller’s rookie season in 2000-01, he played in all 82 games last season playing for the Memphis Grizzlies.  A career .462 field goal percentage along with a career .409 three point shooting percentage, and now, he has apparently shaken the injury bug.  Miller is listed as the #3 shooting guard for the Memphis Grizzlies.  Miller also plays small forward and that is where I would slot him as our #3 guy.  With the Miami Heat still paying him over $6 million to not play in South Beach, his price should fit reasonably well into the Denver Nugget payroll.  Price is important as the Nuggets already sit at over $64 million in salary cap for 2014-15.  That’s before Kenneth Faried’s raise which will likely bring them close to 70 million dollars.

Barring a trade, roster flexibility is tight as the word around the internet is that Nate Robinson and Darrel Arthur will opt in on the second years of their respective contracts.  Mix in Quincy Miller with his Paul George potential, and 24-year old Anthony Randolph, and you have exactly two spots up for grabs. Miller’s contract is not guaranteed until opening day and Randolph is going into the final year of his three-year, six-million dollar contract.  If the Nuggets holding onto Jordan Hamilton over Damion James last season is any indictation of how the economics work within the organization, then try-hard-little-result Anthony Randolph will not be cut.  I firmly believe one of the spots will be for the shooting guard the Nuggets draft at #11 on June 26th.  Signing a free agent like Mike Miller would fill the roster card thereby officially waving good bye to guard Aaron Brooks and center Jan Vesely.

Picture it if you would:  24 seconds remaining, Nugs down by one.  Coach Shaw can put a lineup on the floor of Lawson, Foye, Miller, Chandler, Gallinari.  Brings a smile to my face knowing that game winning shot could come from anywhere on the floor with that squad.  If Mike Miller is the only free agent the Nuggs sign, I’d be happy.

Which free agent would like to see the Nuggs pursue?



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