June 28, 2016


Mike Miller is joining Cavaliers

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Things continue to “Heat” up for the Cavaliers.

Having already landed former Miami small forward and four-time league MVP LeBron James in free agency, Cleveland agreed to contract terms with former Heat swingman Mike Miller on Tuesday.

The Cavs had made no official announcement of the deal at press time, but the 6-foot-8, 218-pound Miller signed a two-year deal for almost $5.5 million.

The second year, which is worth about $2.8 million, is a player option.

There’s a chance the Cavs could add a third player with Miami ties, as shooting guard Ray Allen, who turns 39 Sunday, is expected to decide among retiring, joining James in Cleveland or playing for another title contender. The most the Cavs can give Allen for one season is about $1.45 million.

In addition, Cleveland will get Miami’s first-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft if it is not in the top 10 selections.

Miller, the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2006 Sixth Man of the Year, won two titles with James in Miami, but was released by the Heat prior to last season in a cost-cutting move. The 34-year-old appeared in all 82 regular-season games for Memphis last season, averaging 7.1 points while shooting a sizzling .459 from behind the 3-point arc.

“Thanks to Memphis for a great year!!” Miller posted on Instagram with a picture of him in a No. 1 Cavs jersey and the team logo in the background. “But I’m so excited to be a part of the Cleveland family and their fans. The only thing you can expect from me is everything I have! Thanks for the opportunity #letitfly.”

Miller’s message, which was also posted on Twitter, was quickly retweeted by James, who was not thrilled when the Heat released the University of Florida product.

The signing of Miller, a lifetime .409 shooter from behind the 3-point arc, addresses two needs general manager David Griffin has talked about often in the offseason — getting a better “fit” on the floor and improved shooting.

Miller is in the twilight of his career as he enters his 15th NBA, but at the very least he should provide the Cavs with another veteran presence in the locker room, playoff experience and a lights-out, stand-still 3-point shooter. With James and Kyrie Irving on the floor, he figures to get a decent amount of open looks.

Miller averaged a career-high 18.5 points with Memphis in 2006-07. He has also played for Minnesota, Washington and Orlando, which took him with the fifth pick in the 2000 draft.

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Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for The Gazette and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.