November 20, 2014

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Veteran sharpshooters Mike Miller, James Jones sign with Cavaliers

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

James Jones

James Jones

The Cavaliers officially announced the signing of swingmen Mike Miller and James Jones, who agreed to contracts in mid-July, on Tuesday.

An introductory press conference with both players will be held at 11 a.m. today at Cleveland Clinic Courts. General manager David Griffin will also be in attendance.

Miller, who will wear No. 18 with the Cavs, and Jones, who will wear No. 1, were teammates with Cleveland small forward LeBron James in Miami, though Miller was cut prior to last season in a cost-cutting move and wound up playing for Memphis.

The 6-foot-8, 218-pound Miller signed a two-year deal for $5.5 million that includes a player option after the 2014-15 season. The 6-8, 215-pound Jones signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of approximately $1.4 million.

Miller, who will be entering his 15th NBA season, captured two titles with James in Miami and won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award in 2006. He was Rookie of the Year in 2001.

Miller is a career .409 3-point shooter and has made 1,531 threes, which puts him in the top 20 all time in both categories.

The 34-year-old was second in the league in 3-point percentage last season, making 107-of-233 (.459). He averaged 7.1 points in 20.8 minutes while playing in all 82 games for the Grizzlies.

Miller will likely come off the bench in Cleveland, where he figures to get a decent amount of open looks due to the double teams James and Kyrie Irving will create.

Jones has started just 89 games in his 11-year career, but the 33-year-old is considered a solid teammate and locker room presence.

Jones, who won the 2011 Three-Point Shootout over All-Star Weekend, is a lifetime .403 shooter from behind the arc and connects at an .848 clip at the line, but he has appeared in only 58 regular-season games over the last two seasons, including just 20 for the Heat in 2013-14.

In other news, Irving was one of 16 players to survive the first round of cuts for Team USA, which is preparing for the FIBA World Cup later this month.

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