Mike Miller drawing interest from Rockets, Cavaliers, per report


After a scorching shooting performance in the NBA Finals, Mike Miller has several suitors now that the Miami Heat have amnestied him. The Rockets and Cavs are amongst the teams interested.

The Miami Heat got rid of Mike Miller for salary reasons, not because he can't shoot the three. Several teams are interested in grabbing the shooter who played a big role in Miami's NBA Finals win, including the cap-strapped Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets are interested in Miller as well as Marcus Camby. Miller was amnestied by the Heat yesterday, meaning he'll get the $6.2 million they owe him for the upcoming season and will play for a minimum salary. Without many options for the Rockets due to the fact that they're over the salary cap, they're essentially restricted to guys willing to sign for minimum salaries. Miller and Camby might be two of the best available.

The Cavs are also interested in Miller, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. It won't matter who Miller wants to play for, as after being amnestied, he'd be put up to waivers, and the Cavs would have the opportunity to claim Miller first. Teams with cap space get to place claims, with the team offering the highest salary winning the claim. If no team with cap space is interested, then teams like the Rockets would be able to join the fray.

Laugh as much as you want, but Miller is still a very capable three-point shooter. He was partly injured, but partly relegated to the Heat's bench for most of the season as Erik Spoelstra suddenly had Ray Allen at his disposal. However, Spoelstra's decision to add Miller to the Heat's starting lineup to spread the floor with shooters turned out to be one of the turning points in the series. He shot 11-for-18 from beyond the arc in the Finals -- one without a shoe -- good for 61.1 percent. He also shot more reasonable, but still quite good 41.7 percent on the season.

Camby was bought out by the Toronto Raptors, who acquired him in the Andrea Bargnani trade, and finances aren't an issue to him either -- he is receiving most of the $8 million owed to him over the final two years of his contract. The 39-year-old was hurt for most of last season with the New York Knicks, which isn't surprising, because he is 39 years old. But if he manages to shake his knee issues, he can still block shots and get rebounds. He could be a solid backup or third-stringer.

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