The Memphis Grizzlies have been in the hunt for former Miami Heat guard Mike Miller since the Heat used their amnesty provision to waive Miller from their cap-hit around a week ago. Miller played six seasons in Memphis from 2002-2008 and the Grizzlies are looking to have him play at least a seventh season for them.
On his way to a second consecutive NBA Championship with the Heat this past season, Miller only played 59 games and saw the floor for just 15.3 minutes per game during the regular season. However, he was still able to provide an offensive spark off of the bench for the Heat, averaging 4.8 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting and 41.7 three-point shooting in his limited role.
The Grizzlies already have an enticing offer for Miller to try and lure him to signing there with the fact that Miller will have a sizable role with Memphis as their primary shooter coming off of the bench. However, Memphis starting point guard Mike Conley has another offer for Miller to try and sweeten the deal.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Conley recently called Miller and offered the free-agent “golf on me (Conley) for a year” if Miller chose to come back to Memphis. That seems rather trivial, but that’s a pretty sweet deal for Miller.
Conley obviously isn’t able to offer Miller more money or anything nor is he part of the contract negotiation, but he’s obviously aware of what a huge addition Miller would be to Memphis. Miller would help open up the Grizzlies’ offense with his outside shooting and help provide a spark off of the bench. Conley is just doing his part in trying to make his team better, which has to be admired. We’ll see if Miller comes to Memphis and if Conley holds true to his word.