Mike Miller was said to be deciding between the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers for his next, and likely last, NBA stop. While the Nuggets were said to be offering more money, it appears Miller has placed more value on winning and playing alongside his friend, LeBron James.
Miller will sign a two-year, $5.5M deal with Cavs, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Even before James decided to take his talents back home, rumors were running rampant across the internet about Miller heading to Cleveland. The veteran guard even posed for a social media photo with a LeBron Cavs jersey in the background last week. The reunion of the two friends in Cleveland just flat out made sense from a basketball perspective.
Obviously, Miller’s bank account isn’t going to be as large as it could have been in Denver. But with only a couple years left in the tank, he made the refreshing decision to join a contender.
Miller is clearly a role player at this point in his career, but that’s exactly what the young Cavs need. They needed to add a wily veteran who’s been around the block, and one who preferably had playoff experience. Most of the young guns in Cleveland have no idea what it takes to win in May and June.
This signing isn’t as big as it would have been three years ago, but considering the youthful roster in Cleveland and James’ friendship with Miller, it’s just what the doctor ordered.