The Memphis Grizzlies have done a good job this off-season of keeping the core of their team that made it to the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs in-tact. They were able to re-sign Tony Allen and have also made a couple of solid additions in draft-pick Jamaal Franklin and in a trade that landed them a quality backup center in Kosta Koufos.
However, one of the things that the Grizzlies have failed to address this off-season is the issues they’ve had with consistent outside shooting from their wing players. Quincy Pondexter and Jerryd Bayless are talented offensive players, but they lack the consistency that the Grizzlies need to take the next step as a franchise.
Now a bargain option for Memphis has hit the free-agent market, though, and the Grizzlies need to jump at this opportunity. On Tuesday afternoon, the Miami Heat announced that they would be waiving the sharp-shooting Mike Miller via the amnesty clause, which now obviously makes him a free-agent.
Last season for the Heat, Miller only played in 59 games and played just 15.3 minutes per game, but averaged just 4.8 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting and 41.7 percent three-point shooting. However, in the postseason, Miller really gave the Heat a spark off the bench with his outside shooting. Though he played very little, he shot 44.4 percent from three in the postseason, including going 8-8 over games one and two of the NBA Finals.
Miller is just 33 years old, but has had a slew of injuries, including a debilitating back injury, that has caused him to play limited minutes. Though that’s a drawback, it also means that he will come at an extremely good price. It also doesn’t take his away to come into games and give an offensive spark off of the bench.
What it boils down to is that Miller makes a ton of sense for the Grizzlies. He’s a player that won’t break the bank, but also fits their most immediate need going forward. They may not be able to land him in the end, but they definitely need to throw their hat in the ring for trying to sign Miller.