ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that the Nuggets are closing in on Memphis Grizzlies forward Mike Miller. Yes, the 34 year-old Mike Miller who played in all 82 games for the Grizz last season. But Miller only appeared in 59 and 39 games the previous two seasons with the Miami Heat.
While Cavs pursue Mike Miller, Miller is getting close to agreeing to terms with Denver, source says— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 10, 2014
Miller averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds last season, including 48% shooting from the field and 45.9% from three-point land on 2.8 attempts per game. The Nuggets have the non-taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.3 million to offer Miller - they can also split that amount for the free agent, any way they choose.
The Nuggets are currently around $73 million in committed salary for the upcoming season, with the luxury tax sitting at around $76-$77 million. A signing of Miller could mean Denver is setting up for a bigger deal as they have Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Quincy Miller at the small forward spots already. The 6'8" Miller could see some time at shooting guard, but Denver is pretty well stocked there too with Arron Afflalo, Randy Foye, and rookie Gary Harris (deal signed today).
Head coach Brian Shaw has been wanting the team to add veteran presence, and that looked to be done with AAA coming back, but this looks to be another move in that direction. Also, Nuggets Team President Josh Kroenke played on the same AAU team as Miller, back in the day.