Just one day after the Sixers announced they were waiving veteran forward Gerald Wallace, the Portland Trail Blazers revealed that they were waiving Mike Miller. Miller is 35 years old and doesn’t have much left in the tank, but he has one skill that just about any team in the NBA wants: he’s a dead-eye 3-point shooter. He is a career 40.7% shooter from the 3-point line.
It’s been reported that the Denver Nuggets are interested in signing Mike Miller, but nothing solid has been announced. Until then, here are five other teams Mike Miller should consider.
1. Indiana Pacers
Why: True, the Pacers’ starting lineup is set at Shooting Guard and Small Forward with Monta Ellis and Paul George. However, with a slashing guard like Rodney Stuckey coming off the bench, having Mike Miller out there with him will help spread the floor. And if the Pacers actually do go forward with their plan of playing Paul George as a Power Forward, Miller may be needed even more. At the very least, he’ll be good in certain matchup situations.
2. New Orleans Pelicans
Why: Pretty much for the same reason I said they should consider Gerald Wallace: they have five Small Forwards listed on their roster and none of them are really talented enough to demand a starting role. The Pelicans are full of scoring guards; Mike Miller will help spread the floor for them and their big inside guy, Anthony Davis.
3. Phoenix Suns
Why: Mike Miller will be more of a backup plan in Phoenix. They have some decent shooters and scorers, but you never know when injuries will hit and who’s going to hit a cold slump. Miller can fill in when needed or just step in to hit a big shot.
4. San Antonio Spurs
Why: Well, it’s the Spurs and they have a way of knowing which washed-up veteran to sign and how to get the most out of him. Many players have seen their careers be rejuvenated in San Antonio and Miller may have the same success. Not only that, but he’s also an excellent 3-point shooter, which is kind of a skill the Spurs are known for as a team.
5. Toronto Raptors
Why: The Raptors struggled at times on offense last year. Mike Miller isn’t going to drop 15 points a game while carving up the defense, but he can get on a roll with his shot and give the team a few needed baskets at the right time. He might not get a lot of minutes, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have him on the bench.
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