Veteran guard/forward Mike Miller won his second consecutive NBA Championship with the Miami Heat this past season. However, he won’t have a chance to try and three-peat as the Heat waived the 33-year-old via the amnesty clause. Now Miller has cleared waivers, meaning teams can now sign him outright as a free-agent.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Miller is looking to sign with a contender, likely in the Western Conference. One of the teams that is interested, according to Windhorst’s sources, are the Houston Rockets, fresh off of their monstrous deal, both in impact and in dollar amounts, with free-agent center Dwight Howard.
Last season with the Heat, Miller played a very minor role. Seeing the floor for just 15.3 minutes per game in the 59 games that he played, Miller averaged just 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, but he still maintained a 41.7 three-point percentage, the skill that has kept him around in the league. In the playoffs, he continued to show off his long-range shooting, netting 44.4 percent of his threes, including going 8-8 in games two and three of the NBA Finals.
Miller has been hampered with back injuries, as well as other ailments, over the past few seasons, but he still has the ability to come off of the bench as a reserve and fill it up from beyond-the-arc.
Considering that the Rockets led the league in three-point attempts and play an up-and-down style that revolves around their potent offense, Miller seems like a natural fit. More than that, Miller would also provide Houston with depth on the wing beyond Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia, especially after the departure of Carlos Delfino.
Miller isn’t going to come in and be a starter with Houston if he signs there, but that’s probably going to be the case wherever he signs, especially if he wants to go to a contender. However, Chandler Parsons and James Harden can’t play 48 minutes per night, meaning the Rockets need to have solid role players in place that won’t stifle their offense. Miller is a guy who could come and give them that depth and, ultimately, improve this team even further.