The Mike Miller sweepstakes is heating up, and the Memphis Grizzlies are pulling out all the stops in order to bring Miller back to Memphis. For example, Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley told ESPN's Marc Stein that he called Miller and offered the veteran free golf for a whole year if he chose Memphis.
The chase for Miller has been mostly seen as a two-team race between the Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder, with the Thunder believed to have a slight edge. However, Stein says that the Houston Rockets are making a late push for Miller's services. The Denver Nuggets have also shown interest in Miller.
Parsons discusses courtship of Howard
It has become pretty common knowledge that Chandler Parsons played a big part in recruiting Dwight Howard to Houston, and Parsons explained to Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears how their friendship blossomed and what he did to secure Howard's services:
"I spent a lot of time during the summer in L.A.," Parsons said. "We kind of just hit it off. We literally would text every day. He'd call me at 8 p.m. with a question and then he'd call me at midnight with the same question. I respect the way he handled [his free agency]. He took his time and weighed all his options.
"I was just that guy trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible. We have very similar personalities. We are both outgoing. We're always smiling. We like to have fun. I made him really comfortable that he was not only coming to a really good team, but a team with his friends on it."
Parsons is an Orlando native and originally met Howard while the big man was playing for the Orlando Magic. The two became even closer when Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, also became Parson's agent. Once Howard's free agency hit, Parsons went to work on the center, telling him how great the Rockets could be if they joined forces.
Harris 'still in mix' with Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks had reached an agreement with guard Devin Harris on a three-year deal earlier in free agency, but the deal was scrapped due to an injury. The two sides did begin talking again, and while nothing has been worked out yet, the Star-Telegram's Dwain Price says that Harris is "still in the mix" with Dallas.
The Mavs are also considering bringing back Summer League standout Josh Akognon, who was recently waived in order to make room for Monta Ellis. Akognon led the Mavs' Summer League team in scoring with 17.5 points per game.
Update on Smith, Prigioni contracts
There has already been plenty of weirdness regarding J.R. Smith's new contract with the New York Knicks, as though it was widely reported as a four-year deal, it was really only three. Mark Deeks of ShamSports has revealed another oddity with the contract, stating that nearly 80 percent of the first two years of the contract have been paid up front, an inordinately high amount. Deeks says this doesn't affect the cap hit at all, but that it could have an effect on any possible trade talks.
Pablo Prigioni also has some quirks in his new three-year contract. His first two seasons are fully guaranteed, but the third year has several caveats. It's guaranteed $290,000 no matter what, but that jumps up to $440,000 if the Knicks make the second round of the playoffs in one of the next two years and Prigioni plays in at least two games of the first round. The contract could become $590,000 guaranteed if that happens in both of the next two years.
Hawks to sign Antic
The Atlanta Hawks are about to add some more toughness in the paint to help replace Zaza Pachulia, as the team is set to sign Euro big man Pero Antic. Reports began circulating early Wednesday morning that a deal may be close, and Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress reports that the deal is for two years, with the first year being fully guaranteed.
The big man played for Olympiacos last season, helping the Greek squad to their second straight Euroleague title. Antic averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game during Euroleague play. He has played professionally for 14 seasons.