It seems that after all LeBron James was able to lure small forward Mike Miller to come to the Cleveland Cavaliers to play in a swingman role. Miller was very torn over what to do in regards to taking more money or joining forces with the King once again. This time, the Cavaliers were able to lock in a free agent without throwing more money their way.
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Mike Miller will sign a two-year deal with the Cavaliers, with a player option after one year. The former Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies small forward turned down bigger offers from the Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets. We rarely see this situation play out in Cleveland, when a free agent is willing to take less money to wear the Wine & Gold. Jeff Goodman of ESPN also reported that the two-year deal would be worth $5.5 million.
The Cavaliers lacked an outside threat from three last season, and Miller will be able to fill that hole perfectly with a reserve role in Cleveland. Mike Miller, who played for the Miami Heat from 2010-13, joined forces with the Grizzlies last season and had an extremely productive season for a player reaching the twilight of his career. Playing in all 82 regular season games, Miller shot a lights-out 45.9 percent from three and 48.1 percent from the field, while averaging 7.1 points. He also attempted nearly three 3s per game in Memphis.
During his time with LeBron in Miami, Mike Miller played a pivotal role in creating space on the floor for James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. When left alone, Miller was a force to be reckoned with from outside the arc, and that’s exactly the role that he will fall into with the Cavs this upcoming season. This move will likely result in Ray Allen’s retirement, as the Cavs don’t have a need or space for Allen with the signing of Miller.