Cavs Most Pressing Free Agency Decisions This Offseason
7. Mike Miller, Player Option
Mike Miller, the journeyman, followed LeBron to Cleveland following a pit-stop in Memphis. In his one year with the Grizzlies, Miller played injury-free and efficient. Many people questioned his decision to join the Cavs because he could have commanded much more from a different team with more salary space. Money was not an issue for Miller, who was waived with the Amnesty Provision from the Heat. As a result, the Heat had to pay him the rest of his 5 year, $25 million contract he signed back in 2010.
Miller started the season averaging around 20 minutes a game, but has fallen out of the rotation since then. James Jones and Shump took his minutes, as they are similarly efficient shooters but are not a defensive liability as Miller is. Also, it can’t be forgotten that Miller is already 35, and his age is starting to catch up to him. While Miller signed his contract last spring, he asked for a two year contract, hoping to finish his career in Cleveland. Therefore, if Miller decides to retire, then his salary will be taken off the payroll. If Miller feels healthy enough to play another season, he’ll opt in, knowing that he won’t be in a better situation anywhere else.
Look for Miller to opt into his player option for the 2015-2016 season.
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