Sources: Mike Miller will sign with Cleveland. 2 yr deal with player option after 1 yr. Miller turned down more $ from Houston & Denver
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 15, 2014
Mike Miller has reached an agreement on a deal with Cleveland, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Miller comes to join the his former teammate LeBron James. Miller will provide a backup small forward for the team while also providing good sharp shooting that is currently missing from the team. The Cavs are still likely to pursue Ray Allen as well to add shooting and veteran leadership to a young team.
The Cavs got Miller even though he was offered more money by other teams. This is a direct James impact. For the first time the Cavs get to have James on their team as a recruiter. His non-committal to the team in the past actually kept players from signing with Cleveland. With his likely long term, til he retires, plans in Cleveland that has all changed. Kevin Love is interested in signing long term in Cleveland if traded. Miller has signed, Allen is likely to sign with the Cavs if he does not retire.
The Cavs still have need up front. A big man who can shoot and one who can protect the rim would be perfect fits. The Cavs also could use a backup point guard but with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and James that may not be as important. The biggest problem for the Cavs is the lack of cap space. In an off-season where Trevor Booker gets $5 million a year and Kris Humphries get $4 million the Cavs will be fighting off a ton of teams with cap space for players.
One player most likely off the list already is Carlos Boozer. While Boozer coming back to Cleveland would continue the homecoming/forgiveness tour started with James, and provide some interior shooting, he is likely to be picked up in the amnesty claim system. Only teams with cap space can make claims there and the Cavs are fresh out of space. At this point, barring a trade, the Cavs only have room for veteran minimum contracts.
Currently the Cavs roster looks like this:
PG: Kyrie Irving, Matthew Dellavedova
SF: LeBron James, Mike Miller
What do you think of the Miller signing?